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Where did the English Gosnell family come from? What is the English Gosnell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gosnell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gosnell family history?

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

First found in Suffolk 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosnell research. Another 276 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Gosnell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gosnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Gosnell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 151 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gosnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Eliza Gosnell, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Marg Gosnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Wm Gosnell, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Gosnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mr. Frank Gosnell, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Mrs. Frank Gosnell, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Mr. Frank Gosnell, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1896

Gosnell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • H. Gosnell, aged 32, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Harry Gosnell, aged 33, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mary Gosnell, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Harry Gosnell, aged 34, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Thomas Gosnell, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Boyle, Ireland, in 1913


Gosnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • James Gosnell, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Levant Star" from Cork
  • Norry Gosnell, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Levant Star" from Cork

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  • Raja Raymond Gosnell (b. 1958), American film director and editor, known for Big Momma's House (2000), Never Been Kissed (1999) and Scooby-Doo (2002)
  • Jack Gosnell, American diplomat, US Consul General to St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Bradley Gosnell, American actor, known for his work in The Smurfs (2011), Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
  • Beth Gosnell (b. 1965), born Baby Enslen, American actress, known for her work in Witch (2014), Semiotics (2014) and I Almost Remember (2014)
  • Albert Arthur Gosnell (1880-1972), English international footballer
  • Kelvin Gosnell, British comics writer and editor
  • Joseph Arthur Gosnell Sr. (b. 1936), distinguished leader of the Nisga'a people of northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Thomas Charles "Tom" Gosnell (b. 1951), Canadian politician, Mayor of London, Ontario from 1986 to 1994, son of Fred Gosnell
  • James "Jim" Gosnell, Australian rules footballer who played with West Perth in the West Australian Football League from 1918 to 1920, inducted into the West Australian Football Hall of Fame
  • James Fredrick "Fred" Gosnell (1918-1986), Canadian politician, Mayor of London, Ontario, from 1971 to 1972


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