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Early Origins of the Gosse family

The surname Gosse was first found in Staffordshire where the Pipe Rolls of 1130 list Gotso dapifer. A few years later, Gosce and Joce de Brunna were listed in Lincolnshire in 1195. From these earliest entries as a forename, we found Hugo Gosse in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202 and Geoffrey Gosse in Huntingdonshire in 1251. The Pipe Rolls of 1205 for Suffolk included Richard Goce and Thomas Joce was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 proved the widespread use of the name in a variety of spellings: Isabel le Gous, Cambridgeshire; Walter le Gows, Cambridgeshire; and Michael le Govs, Somerset. [2] In Somerset, Richard le Goos and William Goose were listed there 1 Edward III (in the first year of the reign of Edward III.) [3]

In Yorkshire, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Cicilia Gous and Johannes Gosse as holding lands there at that time. [2]

"The name of Goss is now best represented in the Aylesbury district [of Buckinghamshire]. In the 13th century Gosse was a common Bucks name, occurring in Stoke Goldington, Ravenstone, and in other parts of the county." [4]

The source Baines' Lancashire notes "Thomas Goose was executed at Garstang, Lancashire, Feb. 14, 1716, for joining the Scotch insurgents in 1715."

Early History of the Gosse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosse research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1202, 1205, 1327, 1402, 1359, 1400, 1814, 1872, 1814, 1841, 1800, 1880, 1800, 1770, 1817 and 1811 are included under the topic Early Gosse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gosse Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Gosse family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Alexander Goss (1814-1872), Roman Catholic bishop of Liverpool, born at Ormskirk, Lancashire, on 5 July 1814, educated at St. Cuthbert's College, Ushaw, and at the English College, Rome, where he was ordained priest by Cardinal Fransoni in 1841. [5] Sir John Goss (1800-1880), the English musical composer, born at Fareham, Hampshire, on 27 Dec...
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Gosse World Ranking

In Newfoundland, Canada, the name Gosse is the 57th most popular surname with an estimated 446 people with that name. [6] However, in France, the name Gosse is ranked the 1,358th most popular surname with an estimated 4,193 people with that name. [7]


United States Gosse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gosse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Gosse, (Goffe), British settler who sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, found in Watertown [8]
  • Mr. John Gosse, (Goffe), British settler who sailed from Isle of Wright arriving in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630 aboard the ship "Ambrose" as part of the Winthrop Fleet, found in Watertown [8]
  • Christopher Gosse, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [9]
  • Frances Gosse, who arrived in Maryland in 1654 [9]
  • Joane Gosse, who landed in Maryland in 1654 [9]
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Gosse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Gosse, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [9]

New Zealand Gosse 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:

Gosse Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Eliza H. Gosse, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waimea" in 1876

West Indies Gosse migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [10]
Gosse Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Gosse, who settled in Barbados in 1660

Contemporary Notables of the name Gosse (post 1700) +

  • Emily Gosse (1806-1857), née Bowes, English-born, American religious writer, born on 9 Nov. 1806 in London [11]
  • Bob Gosse (b. 1963), American film producer, actor and director
  • Richard Andrew Gosse, American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of California, 2003 [12]
  • Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888), English naturalist, generally recognized as the inventor of the seawater aquarium [11]
  • Charles Gosse (1849-1885), English-born, surgeon in the colony of South Australia, youngest son of surgeon William Gosse
  • Laura Sylvia Gosse (1881-1968), English painter and printmaker, daughter of Sir Edmund Gosse, member of the Royal Society of British Artists
  • Edmund William Gosse (1849-1928), English poet, author and critic, son of Philip Henry Gosse
  • René Gosse (1883-1943), French mathematician and hero resistant during World War II, a monument can be found for him in Grenoble, France
  • Gordon Leonard Gosse Jr. (1955-2019), Canadian politician, Speaker of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia (2011-2013)
  • François Claude Gosse, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [13]
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SS Caribou
  • Mr. Leonard Gosse, (Lorenzo, Goose), Newfoundland passenger from Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking
SS Newfoundland
  • Mr. Patrick Gosse (1891-1914), Newfoundlander from Torbay, who on the 30th March 1914 he was part of the Seal Crew of the "SS Newfoundland" leaving the ship to intercept the Stephano which took him to the hunting grounds, he disembarked to begin sealing, but was caught in a thickening storm, attempting to return to the Newfoundland he and the 132 crew made camp for two days the sealers were stranded on the ice in a blizzard attempting to return to the ship, he died during this time
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. William Gosse (1892-1914), Newfoundlander from St. John's who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
  • Mr. Robert Gosse (1858-1914), Newfoundlander from Spaniard's Bay who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found


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  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  5. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  7. http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  8. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's. Retrieved January 6th 2023 from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm
  9. 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)
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  11. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020
  12. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 6) Fran├žois Gosse. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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