Gostling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gostling was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Gostling is based on the Germanic given name Gozzelin, which is a diminutive that translates as the little god. The surname Gostling 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.

Early Origins of the Gostling family

The surname Gostling 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.

Early History of the Gostling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gostling research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1626, 1619, 1626, 1614 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Gostling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gostling Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Gosselin, Goselin, Goselyn, Goslin, Gosline, Gosling, Gosslyn, Gossling, Gosselyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Gostling family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gostling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Gostling family to Ireland

Some of the Gostling family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gostling family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gostling or a variant listed above: William Gosselin settled in Barbados in 1635; Andreas and Barbara Gosselin settled in Charles Town in 1766; Edward Gosselin arrived in New York in 1821..


Contemporary Notables of the name Gostling (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier Guy Standish Noakes Gostling (b. 1901), Commanding Officer 2nd Canadian Base Reinforcement Group (1945) [1]
  • General Phillip Stonehouse Gostling,


  1. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, September 15) Guy Gostling. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gostling/Guy_Standish_Noakes/Canada.html


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