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Where did the English Gosselin family come from? What is the English Gosselin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gosselin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gosselin family history?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.
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.
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.
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
Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gosselin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Gosselin Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Gosselin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
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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