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The origins of the name Goulding are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the Old English personal name which means son of Goldwin, which literally means friend of gold.

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The surname Goulding was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goulding family name include Goulding, Golding and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goulding research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1333 is included under the topic Early Goulding History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goulding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Goulding family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 33 words (2 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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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goulding surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Goulding Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Goulding settled in Virginia in 1607 12 years before the "Mayflower"
  • Thomas and William Goulding settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Goulding, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • William Goulding, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Jane and Mary Goulding settled in Virginia in 1650
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Goulding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Goulding, who arrived in Virginia in 1715
  • Robert Goulding, who landed in Virginia in 1723

Goulding Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Goulding, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • James Goulding, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mary Goulding, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Margaret Goulding, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland

Goulding Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Goulding, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Chatham"
  • George Goulding, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Medina"
  • William Goulding, aged 29, a joiner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson"
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  • Raymond Walter Goulding (1922-1990), American comedian, who, together with Bob Elliott formed the comedy duo of Bob and Ray
  • Alfred John "Alf" Goulding (1896-1972), Australian-born American film director and screenwriter
  • William L. Goulding, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for supervisor of Lansing Township, Michigan, 1961
  • William L. Goulding, American politician, Supervisor of Buena Vista Township, Michigan, 1859-61
  • Patrick J. Goulding, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Enid, Oklahoma, 1913 (acting, 1913)
  • Mary M. Goulding, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008
  • Grantley Goulding (b. 1874), English silver Olympic medalist for 110m Hurdles during the 1896 games
  • Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding (b. 1986), English singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Darrell Goulding (b. 1988), English rugby league player
  • Bobbie Goulding (b. 1972), English rugby league football coach and former player
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Goulding Historic Events



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas Goulding, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    5. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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