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Early Origins of the Gosney family

The surname Gosney 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 Gosney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosney 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 Gosney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gosney 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 Gosney 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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Gosney Ranking

In the United States, the name Gosney is the 18,683rd most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Gosney family to Ireland

Some of the Gosney 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 Gosney 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..

Contemporary Notables of the name Gosney (post 1700) +

  • Ezra Seymour "E. S." Gosney (1855-1942), American philanthropist and eugenicist, founder of the Human Betterment Foundation (HBF) in Pasadena, California in 1928
  • Donna Lou Gosney, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from West Virginia, 2008-12; Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 2008, 2012 [3]
  • Don R. Gosney, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960, 1964 [3]
  • C. A. Gosney, American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Wake County, 1921-22 [3]
  • Barrie Gosney (1926-2008), English actor, known for his roles in Up Pompeii, Last of the Summer Wine, Believe Nothing, Time Gentlemen Please, Keeping Up Appearances and Harry Hill
  • Andy Gosney (b. 1963), English former footballer who played as a goalkeeper and made 70 appearances in the Football League
  • Kerrie Gosney (b. 1976), English freelance voice-over artist and weather presenter from the Hope Valley in Derbyshire
  • Jeanette Margaret Gosney (b. 1958), British Anglican priest, Archdeacon of Suffolk in the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
  • Harold Gosney (b. 1937), British artist and sculptor from Sheffield, England

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook