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Early Origins of the Gorsline family

The surname Gorsline was first found in Staffordshire where the Pipe Rolls of 1130 list Gotso dapifer. A few years later, Gosce and Joce de Brunna were listed in Lincolnshire in 1195. From these earliest entries as a forename, we found Hugo Gosse in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202 and Geoffrey Gosse in Huntingdonshire in 1251. The Pipe Rolls of 1205 for Suffolk included Richard Goce and Thomas Joce was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 proved the widespread use of the name in a variety of spellings: Isabel le Gous, Cambridgeshire; Walter le Gows, Cambridgeshire; and Michael le Govs, Somerset. [2] In Somerset, Richard le Goos and William Goose were listed there 1 Edward III (in the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [3]

In Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Cicilia Gous and Johannes Gosse as holding lands there at that time. [2]

"The name of Goss is now best represented in the Aylesbury district [of Buckinghamshire]. In the 13th century Gosse was a common Bucks name, occurring in Stoke Goldington, Ravenstone, and in other parts of the county." [4]

The source Baines' Lancashire notes "Thomas Goose was executed at Garstang, Lancashire, Feb. 14, 1716, for joining the Scotch insurgents in 1715."

Early History of the Gorsline family

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Gorsline Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gosse, Goss, Joss, Jose and others.

Early Notables of the Gorsline family

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Goss (1814-1872), Roman Catholic bishop of Liverpool, born at Ormskirk, Lancashire, on 5 July 1814, educated at St. Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, and at the English College, Rome, where he was ordained priest by Cardinal Fransoni in 1841. [5]Sir John Goss (1800-1880), the English musical composer, born at Fareham, Hampshire, on 27 Dec...
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Migration of the Gorsline family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Gosse and his wife settled in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1631; Christopher Gosse settled in Virginia in 1637; John Gosse settled in Barbados in 1660.

Contemporary Notables of the name Gorsline (post 1700) +

  • William R. Gorsline, American politician, Justice of Colorado Territorial Supreme Court, 1866-70 [6]
  • William R. Gorsline, American politician, Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 4th Circuit, 1853-58 [6]
  • William D. Gorsline, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1880-81 [6]

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook