Gosnal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gosnal family

The surname Gosnal was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor.

The Gosnay variant and its phonetic variations originated later in Yorkshire where John Gosnay was listed as holding lands in 1447. In this case the name meant "dweller at the island frequented by geese," from the Old English "gos, neg." [1]

Early History of the Gosnal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosnal research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1455, 1487, 1571, 1607, 1507, 1554, 1547, 1553, 1172, 1560 and 1655 are included under the topic Early Gosnal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gosnal Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gosnold, Gosney, Gosnall, Gossney, Gossnold, Goosney, Goozney, Goozeney, Goozenay, Gosnolde, Goznall and many more.

Early Notables of the Gosnal family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Bartholomew Gosnold (1571-1607), an English lawyer, explorer, and privateer who was instrumental in founding the Virginia Company of London, and Jamestown in colonial America. He led the first recorded European expedition...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gosnal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Gosnal family to Ireland

Some of the Gosnal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gosnal family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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