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Where did the English Goostree family come from? What is the English Goostree family crest and coat of arms? When did the Goostree family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Goostree family history?

The Goostree surname is most likely derived from the place name Goostrey, in Cheshire, about which there are two entries in the Domesday Book of 1086.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Goosetrey, Goosetree, Goostree, Goostrey, Gostry, Gostree and many more.

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, [1] 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goostree research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the year 1339 is included under the topic Early Goostree History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Goostree Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Goostree Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goostree Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:40.

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