Goring History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Goring was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Goring family lived in the places named Goring in Oxfordshire and Sussex. The place-name was originally derived from the Old English word Garingas, which means people of Gara. This name is a short form of various compound names with the first portion gar, which means spear.

Early Origins of the Goring family

The surname Goring was first found in Sussex at Goring, where at the time of the Domesday Book was part of the earldom of Arundel. [1] "The name is derived from Goring, in the rape [sub-division] of Arundel, where the family can be traced to John de Goring, living in the reign of Edward II. " [2]

So as to underscore the Sussex origin, another authority notes the name is from "a parish in Sussex where the ancestors of the baronet's family wore resident at an early period. John de Goring was lord before temp. Edward II." [3]

And another source wrote "Hugh Bygod was Lord of Garringes or Goring, Sussex, 13th cent. He was executor of the will of the Countess of Norfolk, 1248. John de Garringes, his son, had a daughter and heir, who married Henry Tregoz, M.P. for Sussex 1309. The bailsman of Henry T. was John Goring, probably nephew of John de Goring or Garringes. From the latter descended the family of De Goring, afterwards Lords Goring, Earls of Norwich, so distinguished in the Civil Wars 17th century, and the Baronets Goring. This family appears to be a younger branch of the Bygods Earls of Norfolk." [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included: Priorissa de Goringe Oxfordshire; and Philip Goring, Wiltshire. [5]

"The Oxfordshire Goring occurs as Goringe in the 13th cent." [6]

Early History of the Goring family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goring research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1632, 1750, 1585, 1663, 1621, 1628, 1615, 1671, 1608, 1657, 1658, 1628, 1629, 1622, 1702, 1660, 1660, 1661, 1661, 1679, 1646, 1685, 1673, 1678, 1679, 1685 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Goring History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goring Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Goring, Gorring, Goringe, Gorringe, Goreing and many more.

Early Notables of the Goring family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was George Goring, 1st Earl of Norwich (1585-1663), an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1621 and 1628; Charles Goring, 2nd Earl of Norwich (1615-1671), an English soldier and aristocrat; George Goring, Lord Goring (1608-1657), an English Royalist soldier; Sir William Goring (died 1658), the son of Sir...
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United States Goring migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Goring or a variant listed above:

Goring Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Goring, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [7]
  • Gilbird Goring, aged 30, who arrived in Barbados in 1682 [7]
Goring Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Mary Goring, who landed in Virginia in 1708 [7]
  • Anna Elisabetha Goring, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741 [7]
  • Andreas and Catharina Ring Goring, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Josef Goring, who arrived in America in 1779
Goring Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gottfried Goring, who settled in New Orleans in 1839
  • Friedrich Goring, who arrived in Brazil in 1846 [7]
  • M Goring, who arrived in America in 1846 [7]
  • Joh Gerh Goring, who arrived in America in 1849 [7]

New Zealand Goring migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goring Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ida Julia Goring, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Sydney E. Goring, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Foster Goring, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Celia A. Goring, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • Harry Y. Goring, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Persia" in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Goring (post 1700) +

  • Willis R. Goring, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1956 [8]
  • Marius Goring, Actor, in English, French, and German, now residing in Surrey, England
  • Hermann Göring (1893-1946), German military leader, commander of the Nazi Luftwaffe in World War II
  • Grant William Ray Goring, Tobacco Company Executive, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Sir William Burton Nigel Goring, 13th Baronet, Member of London Stock Exchange
  • Rosemary Goring, Scottish writer

Bismarck
  • Werner Göring (1918-1941), German Maschinengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [9]
  • Herm. Göring (1918-1941), German Mechanikersobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [9]
SS Alcoa Puritan
  • L.R. Goring, American from New Orleans, Louisiana, who was working aboard the SS Alcoa Puritan traveling from Port of Spain, Trinidad to Mobile, Alabama when it was torpedoed by U-boat U-507; he survived the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  10. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Alcoa_Puritan_(1941) - (Retrieved 2018, February 8th)


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