Goss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goss family

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

Early History of the Goss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goss research. Another 172 words (12 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Goss Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Goss family (pre 1700)

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United States Goss migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Henry Goss, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Henry Goss, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [1]
  • John Goss, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [1]
Goss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Adam Goss, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Carl Goss, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
  • Carl Goss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Stephan Goss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • Johannes Goss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Goss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • S W Goss, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Michael Goss, who settled in San Francisco in 1852
  • Herman Goss, who landed in New York in 1874 [1]
  • Carl, Francis, John, Patrick, Robert, Stephan, and Thomas Goss, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1749 and 1876

Canada Goss migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goss Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Giles Goss, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1703 [2]
  • Solomon Goss, who settled in Torbay, Newfoundland in 1756 [2]
  • Richard Goss, who arrived in Bishop's Cove, Newfoundland before 1775 [2]
  • Mr. Charles Goss U.E. who settled in Magaguadavic River, Saint George, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [3]
  • Mr. Samuel Goss U.E. who settled in Magaguadavic River, Saint George, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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

Australia Goss migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goss Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Goss, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [4]
  • Elizabeth Goss, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [4]
  • Ann Goss, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [4]
  • Mary Grace Goss, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [4]
  • Eliza Goss, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Goss migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goss Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Goss, Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • Miss Sarah Ann Goss, (b. 1857), aged 1 year 6 months, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [6]
  • Mrs. Sarah Goss, (b. 1830), aged 28, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [6]
  • Mr. James Goss, (b. 1833), aged 25, British carpenter travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [6]
  • Melina Goss, aged 14, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Goss (post 1700) +

  • 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) [7]
  • Chris Goss (b. 1959), American record producer and musician
  • Porter Johnston Goss (b. 1938), American politician, last Director of Central Intelligence
  • Charles Mayo Goss (b. 1899), American physician and educator
  • Ephraim Goss, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 28th District, 1860-61 [8]
  • Edward Wheeler Goss (1893-1972), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate, 1926-28; U.S. Representative from Connecticut 5th District, 1930-35; Defeated, 1934 [8]
  • Edna L. Goss, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1924 [8]
  • D. F. Goss, American politician, Member of Texas State Senate 29th District, 1893-94, 1899-1902 [8]
  • Charles A. Goss (1863-1938), American Republican politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1893; Chief Justice of Nebraska State Supreme Court, 1927-38 [8]
  • ... (Another 37 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Master Joseph Goss (1910-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Master John Goss (1907-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Miss Violet Goss (1904-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mr. John Goss (1884-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Mrs. Beatrice Goss (1883-1914), née Bath Canadian Third Class Passenger from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Sidney Goss, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [10]


Suggested Readings for the name Goss +

  • 1233 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.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 11) Wentworth Goss. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Goss/Wentworth/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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