Gosnay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Early Origins of the Gosnay family
The surname Gosnay 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." 
Early History of the Gosnay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosnay 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 Gosnay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gosnay 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 Gosnay 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...
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Migration of the Gosnay family to Ireland
Some of the Gosnay 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 Gosnay 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..
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- ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)