The Goostree surname is most likely derived from the place name Goostrey, in Cheshire
, about which there are two entries in the Domesday Book
Early Origins of the Goostree family
The surname Goostree was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the village and lands of Goosetrey, held by Ralph, from William FitzNigel, a Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Goostree family
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Goostree Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Goosetrey, Goosetree, Goostree, Goostrey, Gostry, Gostree and many more.
Early Notables of the Goostree family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goostree family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: David Goosetree, who arrived in Virginia in 1691; as well as Joseph Goosetree, who arrived in America in 1740 as a bonded passenger.