Gosling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gosling is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gosling comes from the Germanic given name Gozzelin, which is a diminutive that translates as the little god. The surname Gosling was formed in the vernacular or regional naming tradition, which is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Early Origins of the Gosling family

The surname Gosling was first found in Jersey where the earliest on record was Robert Gosselin who was made Governor of the fortress of Mont Orgueil after saving the fort from the French.

However, Cheshire may be an early origin of the family too, as Henry Goseling was listed there in the Assize Rolls for 1260. Years later, Robert Goseling and Maud Gosselyng were both listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Cheshire in 1327. "Gosling is, no doubt, often a late development of Goslin." [1]

Early History of the Gosling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosling research. Another 46 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1626, 1619, 1626, 1614, 1621, 1693, 1758, 1693, 1632, 1704, 1632, 1696, 1777, 1733, 1678 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Gosling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gosling Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Gosling were recorded, including Gosselin, Goselin, Goselyn, Goslin, Gosline, Gosling, Gosslyn, Gossling, Gosselyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Gosling family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Gostlin or Gostlyn MD (c. 1566-1626), an English academic and physician, Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge from 1619 till his death in 1626 and Regius Professor of Physic. Also a politician, he was Member of Parliament for Barnstaple, Devon (1614-1621.) [2] Ralph Gosling (1693-1758), was an English topographer, youngest son of Charles Gosling, yeoman, of Stubley, in the parish of Dronfield in Derbyshire and was baptised in the parish church on 15 July 1693. [2] Rev. John Gostlin (1632-1704), English fellow and benefactor of Gonville and Caius College...
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Ireland Migration of the Gosling family to Ireland

Some of the Gosling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Gosling migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Gosling arrived in North America very early:

Gosling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Gosling, aged 22, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [3]
  • Jon Gosling, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [3]
  • Thomas Gosling, who arrived in Maryland in 1654 [3]
  • Mathew Gosling, who landed in Maryland in 1655 [3]
  • Elizabeth Gosling, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gosling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Gosling, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1834 [3]
  • C Gosling, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]
  • Charles Gosling, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [3]

Canada Gosling migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gosling Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • N.C.O. James Gosling U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Highlanders [4]

New Zealand Gosling 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:

Gosling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Gosling, (b. 1820), aged 30, British agricultural blacksmith travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850, he died in 1879 [5]
  • Mrs. Lucy Gosling, (b. 1820), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850, she died in 1890 [5]
  • Mr. Charles Gosling, (b. 1844), aged 6, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [5]
  • Miss Mary Gosling, (b. 1845), aged 5, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [5]
  • Mr. William Gosling, (b. 1847), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850, he died in 1879 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gosling (post 1700) +

  • Leslie Cyril Gosling (1920-1943), Leslie Cyril Gosling, Canadian fighter pilot, during World War II, credited with 10 aerial victories, Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Bar
  • James A. Gosling OC (b. 1955), Canadian computer scientist, best known as the father of the Java programming language
  • Ryan Thomas Gosling (b. 1980), Canadian Golden Globe Award winning actor and musician, a former child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club
  • Paula Gosling (b. 1939), American crime writer
  • Michael "Mike" Frederick Gosling (b. 1980), American retired left-handed Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Raymond Gosling (1926-2015), English scientist, co-discoverer of the Double Helix DNA structure
  • William W. Gosling (1824-1883), Victorian landscape painter
  • Major William Gosling VC (1892-1945), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Mick Gosling (b. 1972), Britain's Strongest Man champion in 2005
  • Richard Gosling (b. 1974), Britain's Strongest Man champion in 2003
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Ms. Violet Iris Gosling (1919-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Opotiki, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [6]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Henry Gosling (b. 1917), English Stoker 1st Class from Tonge Moor, Bolton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [7]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Bertram James Gosling (d. 1912), aged 22, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. S. Gosling (d. 1912), aged 26, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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