Gouldesbro History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Gouldesbro can be traced back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a goldsmith, or jeweller refiner or gilder. The surname Gouldesbro was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair which referred to gold.

Early Origins of the Gouldesbro family

The surname Gouldesbro was first found in Yorkshire at Goldsborough, a parish, in the Upper division of the wapentake of Claro, in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Goldsborough Hall, built in the reign of James I., is the property of the Earl of Harewood. [1]

The parish dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was recorded as Godenesburg. By 1170, it was known as Godelesburc and literally meant "stronghold of a man called Godel." [2] Today this stately home has been fully restored to its finest glory. In the Church of St. Mary, there are memorials to Richard de Goldsburgh (d.1308) and his son (d.1333), both are effigies of an armoured knight.

Early History of the Gouldesbro family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gouldesbro research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1606, 1598, 1626, 1548, 1604, 1548, 1598, 1691, 1702, 1568, 1618, 1568, 1584, 1618 and 1693 are included under the topic Early Gouldesbro History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gouldesbro Spelling Variations

Gouldesbro has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Gouldesbro have been found, including Goldesborough, Goldsbrough, Goldisbrough, Goldsborough and many more.

Early Notables of the Gouldesbro family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Goldsburgh, of Godmanchester, Sheriff of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire in 1626. Godfrey Goldsborough (1548-1604), was Bishop of Gloucester, born in 1548 in the town of Cambridge. On 28 Aug. 1598 he was elected bishop of Gloucester, and he was consecrated at Lambeth on 12 Nov. Before leaving London he made a will, dated 7 March 1691, wherein he described himself as 'of Bethnall Green, in the county of Middlesex, knight, being bound on a voyage to the East India beyond the seas in the shipp Berkly Castle'. Not long after his death his widow...
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Migration of the Gouldesbro family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Gouldesbros to arrive on North American shores: Thomas Goldsborough who settled in Jamaica in 1686; John Goldsborough settled in Maryland in 1774.



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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