Gouldsbirk History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxons of Britain first developed the name Gouldsbirk. It was a name given to someone who was a goldsmith, or jeweller refiner or gilder. The surname Gouldsbirk was also a nickname for someone with bright yellow hair which referred to gold.

Early Origins of the Gouldsbirk family

The surname Gouldsbirk 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 Gouldsbirk family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gouldsbirk 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 Gouldsbirk History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gouldsbirk Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Gouldsbirk have been found, including Goldesborough, Goldsbrough, Goldisbrough, Goldsborough and many more.

Early Notables of the Gouldsbirk 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 Gouldsbirk family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Gouldsbirk, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were: 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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