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The present generation of the Goughton family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the region of Gorton, a district in Manchester in Lancashire. The name is a habitational name that was derived from the Old English word gor meaning "dirt" and tun meaning "enclosure."

Goughton Early Origins



The surname Goughton was first found in Greater Manchester at Gorton, a chapelry, in the union of Chorlton, hundred of Salford, historically part of Lancashire. The place name literally means "dirty farmstead" from the Old English "gor" + "tun." The first record of the place name was found in 1282 when it was listed as Gorton.

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Goughton Spelling Variations


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Goughton Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Goughton include Gorton, Gorten, Gortin and others.

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Goughton Early History


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Goughton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goughton research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1592 and 1677 are included under the topic Early Goughton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goughton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goughton Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goughton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Goughton were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John Gorton who settled in Virginia in 1679; Samuel Gorton settled in Boston in 1630; Steven Gorton settled in Virginia in 1635; A. Gorton settled in Baltimore in 1820..

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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    The Goughton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goughton 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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