Goulding History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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. [1]

Early Origins of the Goulding family

The surname Goulding was first found in Essex where the family date back to the Domesday Book of 1086. At that time, it was listed as Goldinc. [2] Over two hundred years later, Golding Aldred was listed c. 1224. William, Richard Golding were both listed in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1202 and later in the Curia Regis Rolls for Cheshire in 1210. William Gulding was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included listings for the name as a forename and surname: Golding Palmarius, Kent; Hilde Golden, Cambridgeshire; Nicholas Goldin, Oxfordshire; Thomas Goldine, Oxfordshire; and Hugo Golding, Suffolk.

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls included: Willelmus Goldyng; Robertus Goldyng, pelliparius; and Isabella Goldyng, Howdenshire. [4]

In Scotland "the rashness of a Scots soldier, Ralph Golding, at the bridge of Rokesburgh in 1333 led to Sir Andrew Moray of Bothwell, the Regent, being taken prisoner by the English." [5]

Early History of the Goulding family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goulding research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1316, 1325, 1563, 1707, 1672, 1536, 1605, 1547, 1549, 1576, 1577, 1579, 1580, 1585, 1584 and 1595 are included under the topic Early Goulding History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goulding Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Goulding family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Arthur Golding (c.1536-c.1605), an English translator of more than 30 works from Latin into English, most famous for his translation of Caesar's Commentaries. He was younger son of John Golding, Esq., of Belchamp St. Paul and Halsted, Essex, by his second wife. His father was one of the auditors of the exchequer, and died 28 Nov. 1547. In 1549 he was in the service of Protector Somerset, who wrote, 5 Oct., requesting him to solicit the aid of the Earl of Oxford's servants in...
Another 92 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goulding Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goulding Ranking

In the United States, the name Goulding is the 10,497th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [6] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Goulding is ranked the 409th most popular surname with an estimated 115 people with that name. [7]

Ireland Migration of the Goulding family to Ireland

Some of the Goulding 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.


United States Goulding migration to the United States +

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, who settled in Virginia in 1607 12 years before the "Mayflower"
  • Thomas and William Goulding, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Goulding, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [8]
  • William Goulding, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [8]
  • Jane and Mary Goulding, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Goulding Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Richard Goulding, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [8]
  • Robert Goulding, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [8]

Canada Goulding migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goulding Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Goulding, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • James Goulding, aged 26, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mary Goulding, aged 18, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Margaret Goulding, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the schooner "Jane" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mrs. Mary Goulding, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jane Blane" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [9]

Australia Goulding migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goulding Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Goulding, (b. 1775), aged 38, English labourer who was convicted in Winchester, Hampshire, England for 7 years for an offence against the crown, transported aboard the "Earl Spencer" in May 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Patrick Goulding, (b. 1777), aged 43, Irish labourer who was convicted in Galway, Ireland for 7 years for sedition, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1848 [11]
  • Mr. Timothy Goulding, (Goulden), (b. 1786), aged 34, Irish labourer who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1820 [11]
  • Miss Bridget Goulding, (b. 1818), aged 19, Irish needle woman who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for pick pocketing, transported aboard the "Diamond" on 29th November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [12]
  • Mr. William Goulding, English convict who was convicted in Stamford (Lindsey), Lincolnshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 10th August 1838, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Goulding migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goulding Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Amelia Goulding, (b. 1846), aged 20, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Bombay" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 18th August 1866 [14]
  • Miss Mary Ann Goulding, (b. 1848), aged 18, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "John Temperley" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st June 1866 [14]
  • Mr. Charles Goulding, (b. 1842), aged 32, English settler from Hampshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [15]
  • Mrs. Ann Goulding, (b. 1845), aged 29, English settler from Hampshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Sussex" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 17th July 1874 [15]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goulding (post 1700) +

  • 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 [16]
  • William L. Goulding, American politician, Supervisor of Buena Vista Township, Michigan, 1859-61 [16]
  • Patrick J. Goulding, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Enid, Oklahoma, 1913 (acting, 1913) [16]
  • Mary M. Goulding, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 [16]
  • 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
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Goulding, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [17]


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  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  7. ^ The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  10. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th September 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-spencer
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dorothy
  12. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 1st July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Diamond
  13. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 23rd August 2020, Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/augusta-jessie)
  14. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  15. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  16. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  17. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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