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Gosselin is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the Germanic given name Gozzelin, which is a diminutive that translates as the little god. The surname Gosselin was formed in the vernacular or regional naming tradition, which is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.


The surname Gosselin was first found in Jersey where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Gosselin family name include Gosselin, Goselin, Goselyn, Goslin, Gosline, Gosling, Gosslyn, Gossling, Gosselyn and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gosselin research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gosselin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gosselin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Gosselin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Gosselin family to immigrate North America:

Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Wm Gosselin, aged 21, arrived in Barbados in 1635
  • William Gosselin settled in Barbados in 1635

Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gabriel Gosselin, who landed in South Carolina in 1756
  • Andreas and Barbara Gosselin settled in Charles Town in 1766

Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Gosselin arrived in New York in 1821
  • Felex Gosselin, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Paris, in 1899

Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emma Gosselin, aged 24, who settled in America from Cettavre, France, in 1912
  • Alfred Gosselin, aged 57, who landed in America from Paris, France, in 1915
  • Georges Gosselin, aged 22, who landed in America from Bordeaux, France, in 1919
  • Berthe Gosselin, aged 42, who settled in America from Paris, France, in 1920
  • Henri Gosselin, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States from Havre, France, in 1920

Gosselin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Gabriel Gosselin, originally of Normandy, who settled in Champlain in the middle of the 17th century. He married Françoise Lelièvre in Quebec, the 18th of August, 1653

Gosselin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Dominique Gosselin, aged 45, who settled in Quebec, Canada, in 1922


  • Robert Gosselin, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives 42nd District; Elected 1998
  • Antonio Gosselin, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for New Hampshire Governor's Council 3rd District, 1956
  • Mr. Louis Gosselin (1870-2014), Canadian First Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914
  • Marcel Gosselin (b. 1920), preacher, born at Wasmes (Belgium), the son of Narcisse Gosselin, director of a music-school, and Alphonise Huart
  • Charles Gosselin (b. 1929), prefect and a member of the French State Council, born in Argenteuil (Seine-et-Aise), married Jacqueline Fescher in 1955. In 1988, he was elevated to advisor to Michel Rocard (Prime Minister of France) and State Councillor
  • Gaston Gosselin (b. 1918), reporter and the director of a paper, the son of Victor Gosselin, a civil servant, and of Augustine Roussel. Honored officer of the Legion of Honor, French military decoration, Medal of the Resistance, and knight of the insignia of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, he acted as director-chief of publications of the Society of Publications and Periodicals and Press-publication since 1963
  • Mario Gosselin (b. 1971), Canadian professional racecar driver
  • Mario Gosselin (b. 1963), Canadian NHL ice hockey player
  • Jean-François Gosselin (b. 1975), Canadian politician
  • Edward W. Gosselin (1917-1941), US Navy officer killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, eponym of the USS Gosselin (APD-126)



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The Gosselin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gosselin 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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