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The name Gould is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the Old English word Gold. This term was often used as an endearment or show of affection.

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The surname Gould was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from early times.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gould has undergone many spelling variations, including Gould, Goold, Gold, Gilder and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gould research. Another 267 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1193, 1312, 1500, 1593, 1676, 1659, 1676, 1619, 1675 and are included under the topic Early Gould History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gould Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Gould family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gould were among those contributors:

Gould Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Nathaniell Gould, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • Peter Gould, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Jarvice Gould, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Edward Gould, a pailmaker, who sailed on the "Elizabeth" in 1635 from London and landed in Boston
  • John Gould, who arrived at Charlestown Massachusetts in 1635
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Gould Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Maria Gould, aged 78, arrived in Massachusetts in 1755
  • Elizabeth Gould, who arrived in America in 1766
  • James Gould, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784
  • John Gould, who arrived in Baltimore in 1784 with his wife Ellen Drysdale and their two sons
  • Alexander Gould, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1784

Gould Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jean Gould, who landed in New York in 1827
  • William Gould, who landed in New York in 1827
  • John Evans Gould, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Christopher Gould, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Oliver Gould, aged 30, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849
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Gould Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Thomas Gould U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passener number 238 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28,1783 at Staten Island, New York
  • Mr. Abraham Gould U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mrs. Catherine Gould U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. John Gould Sr., U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. John Gould Jr., U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Gould Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Gould, who lived in Annapolis, Nova Scotia during the eighteenth century
  • Cornelius I Gould, who arrived in Canada in 1831

Gould Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Gould, a mason, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Mathew Gould, a wheelwright, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Gould, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • John Gould arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839
  • Joseph Gould arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839
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Gould Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Gould, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Shamrock" in 1856
  • Edwin Gould, aged 20, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Jane Gould arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edwin Fox" in 1875
  • J. Gould arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888
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  • George Jay Gould (1864-1923), American president of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Western Pacific Railroad
  • Chester Gould (1900-1985), U.S. cartoonist and the creator of the Dick Tracy comic strip
  • Morton Gould (1913-1996), American composer, conductor, arranger, and pianist awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1995
  • Gordon Gould (1920-2005), American physicist widely credited with the invention of the laser
  • Elliott Gould (b. 1938), American actor perhaps best known for playing Trapper John in Robert Altman's satirical 1970 film M*A*S*H
  • Laurence McKinley Gould (1896-1995), American geologist, educator, and polar explorer
  • James Nutcombe Gould (1849-1899), English stage actor, brother of Edward Blencowe Gould
  • Sir Francis Carruthers Gould (1844-1925), British caricaturist and political cartoonist
  • Edward Blencowe Gould (1847-1916), British Consul in Bangkok, Thailand, the first to bring Siamese cats to Europe in 1884
  • Bryan Charles Gould CNZM (b. 1939), Rhodes Scholar and former British politician
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Gould Historic Events



Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • David Gould (1943-1988), American College Professor from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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  • The Gould Family and Allied Families: The Goulds and their 146 Great Grandparents by Helen Weaver Gould.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Gould Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gould 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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