Gosley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gosley family

The surname Gosley was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Important Dates for the Gosley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosley research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Gosley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gosley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gowsell, Gowshell, Gowcell, Goshell, Goshall, Gossle, Gosle, Gosall, Gosell, Goushell, Goushall, Gousall, Gousell, Gousle and many more.

Early Notables of the Gosley family (pre 1700)

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Gosley migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gosley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Mathew Gosley U.E. who settled in Yonge [Toronto], Ontario c. 1784 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gosley (post 1700)

  • Tim Gosley, Canadian Gemini Award winning puppeteer, known for his work on Fraggle Rock (1983), Basil Hears a Noise (1990) and The Argon Quest (1990)


  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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