Gossage History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gossage family

The surname Gossage was first found in Lancashire at Gosfordsich (later named Gorsuch.)

"Gorsuch was given by Walter de Scarisbrick to his younger son Adam, who took the local surname; subsequently the land was given to Burscough Priory to be held of Adam in free alms. The prior regranted it to Adam at a rent of 12d. with other lands in Scarisbrick, a yearly pound of cummin to be paid. Adam was succeeded by Walter de Gorsuch, probably his son, as is indicated by a grant to Nicholas son of Simon de Renacres."

"In May, 1292, an agreement was sealed for the marriage of Robert son of Walter de Gorsuch with Agnes granddaughter of William Brid of Donnington; Robert, though a minor, had been enfeoffed of lands by the prior of Burscough, his father binding the feoffees to find food and raiment for Robert and Agnes, any surplus to be kept for them and delivered with the lands on their coming of age. Robert seems to have died without issue, and his brother John succeeded, marrying in 1299 Cecily daughter of Richard de Culcheth. John de Gorsuch granted (about 1320) to Gilbert his son lands in the townfields of Scarisbrick on the north of land near the cross, held of William son of Richard de Scarisbrick." [1]

Years later, John de Gosefordsik was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332. [2] He held estates just outside Liverpool, near Ormskirk. [3] "The many variants are curious but natural. The 't' is intrusive; compare the Lancashire surname Gorse and Gorst, which represents one and the same name." [3] The family remained local to this area as almost three hundred years later in 1615, the Wills at Chester list "James Gorsuch, of Gorsuch, Scarisback, gentleman." [3] The same source also lists: James Gorsuch, of Ormskirk, 1605; Henry Gorsage, of Kirkdale, 1579; Peter Sant, of Gorstich, 1609; and Henry Gorstich, of West Derby, Liverpool, 1609.The Preston Guild Rolls of 1602 listed Edward Gorsuche. [3]

Early History of the Gossage family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gossage research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1545, 1455, 1487, 1437 and 1442 are included under the topic Early Gossage History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gossage Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gossage, Gostage, Gorstidge, Gorstice, Gorstage, Gostige, Gossidge, Gossadge, Gossedge and many more.

Early Notables of the Gossage family (pre 1700)

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Gossage Ranking

In the United States, the name Gossage is the 18,206th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Australia Gossage migration to Australia +

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

Gossage Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Gossage, (b. 1818), aged 22, English brass founder who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he die din 1846 [5]

New Zealand Gossage 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:

Gossage Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Gossage, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Halcyon" arriving in New Zealand in 1851 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gossage (post 1700) +

  • John Gossage (b. 1946), American photographer from Staten Island, New York City, noted for his artist's books
  • Howard Luck Gossage (1917-1969), American advertising executive, inspiration to the media theorist Marshall McLuhan
  • Ezra Eugene Gossage (1935-2011), American-born NFL and CFL football player for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Philadelphia Eagles
  • Billy Dale "Bill" Gossage (b. 1957), American educational administrator and politician, Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives (2013-)
  • Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage (b. 1951), American former Major League Baseball right-handed relief pitcher who played from 1972 to 1994, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Beverly Gossage, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2012 [7]
  • William Gossage (1799-1877), English founder of the soapmaker dynasty, The Gossage Soap Company, now part of the Unilever group
  • Star Gossage (b. 1973), New Zealand painter
  • Lucy Gossage (b. 1979), British eight-time gold medalist Ironman triathlete and duathlete
  • Air Marshal Sir Ernest Leslie Gossage KCB, CVO, DSO, MC (1891-1949), British Army and Royal Air Force officer, from Liverpool, England, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Balloon Command from 1940 to 1944
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. ^ 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/lancs/vol3/pp265-276 [accessed 21 January 2017].
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duncan
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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