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The surname Goss was first found in Staffordshire where they acquired lands in 1130, after the Norman invasion.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gosse, Goss, Joss, Jose and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goss research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1202, 1205, 1327, 1359, 1400, and 1402 are included under the topic Early Goss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goss Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Goss who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1631
  • Jane Goss, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Henry Goss arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Henry Goss, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • John Goss, who arrived in Maryland in 1672

Goss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Adam Goss arrived in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Carl Goss arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Carl Goss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Stephan Goss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Johannes Goss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752


Goss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • S W Goss, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Michael Goss came to San Francisco in 1852
  • Herman Goss, who landed in New York in 1874
  • Carl, Francis, John, Patrick, Robert, Stephan, and Thomas Goss settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1749 and 1876

Goss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Giles Goss settled in St. John's in 1703
  • Solomon Goss settled in Torbay, Newfoundland in 1756
  • Richard Goss arrived in Bishop's Cove, Newfoundland before 1775
  • Mr. Charles Goss U.E. who settled in Magaguadavic River, Saint George, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. Samuel Goss U.E. who settled in Magaguadavic River, Saint George, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association


Goss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Samuel Goss, who landed in Canada in 1829
  • Samuel Blake Goss, who arrived in Canada in 1834

Goss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry Goss arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Elizabeth Goss arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Ann Goss arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Mary Grace Goss arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
  • Eliza Goss arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839


Goss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Samuel George Goss, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Sarah Goss, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • William Goss, aged 9, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Ernest Goss, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • George Samuel Goss, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873


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  • Benjamin Stephenson "Steve" Goss (1949-2015), American politician, Member of the North Carolina Senate (2007-2010)
  • Brigadier-General Wentworth Goss (1903-1971), American Assistant Plans Officer Pacific Air Forces (1943-1945)
  • Chris Goss (b. 1959), American record producer and musician
  • G. W. Goss, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1908
  • George Goss, American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New London, 1919-20; Defeated, 1920
  • George A. Goss, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892
  • Harold I. Goss, American politician, Secretary of State of Maine, 1944
  • Henry E. Goss (b. 1875), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Auburn, Maine, 1920-21
  • James Hamilton Goss (1820-1886), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from South Carolina 4th District, 1868-69
  • John D. Goss, American Democrat politician, Member of Oregon State Senate 8th District, 1935

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  • All About Me and My Ancestors by Laura Blanchard Simpson.
  • Frederick Goss of Rowan County, North Carolina, and His Descendants by Lois Ione Hotchkiss Heuss.
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  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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  8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Goss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goss Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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