Gouldsmorde History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain were the first to use the name of Gouldsmorde. The name had a practical origin since it came from when its initial bearer worked as a goldsmith, jeweler. The name denoted "one who made or sold gold articles, a jeweler, later a banker."  Early records may show the name in the Latin-French version "Aurifaber." 
Early French revealed "Geoffry, Roger, William, Nicholas. Gerard Aurifaber (Goldsmith) of Normandy 1180-95, three more in 1198 in the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae. 
"The great value of the commodity in which the medieval goldsmith dealt rendered him a person of consequence. No less than three tenants-in-chief under the Conqueror arc entered in Domesday under the name of Aurifaber. One of these, Otto Aurifaber, held in Essex, and his descendants, under the surname of Fitz-Otho, appear to have been hereditary mint-masters to the crown for two centuries, becoming extinct in 1282. Kelham. The equivalent French Orfevre, and the German Goldschmid, are well-known surnames." 
Early Origins of the Gouldsmorde family
The surname Gouldsmorde was first found in Norfolk where Roger Goldsmiz was listed in 1250. Thomas Goldsmith was listed in the Assize Rolls for Essex in 1255 and later John le Goldesmethe was listed in Devon in 1309. 
The Hundredorum Rolls recorded the name in the Latin form: Geoffrey Aurifaber, Salop (Shropshire); and Walter Aurifaber, Oxfordshire. 
Richard le Goldsmythe, was listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign) in Somerset. 
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Thomas Goldsmyth, goldsmyth, of Wakefield; Johannes filius Gallridi, goldsmyth; Hugo Goldsmyth; and Agnes Goldsmvche. 
Further to the north in Scotland, the records were first in the Latin form and later changed to the more contemporary spellings. "William Aurifaber witnessed a gift of land to the Hospital of Soltre c. 1250-1266. Ewgenius (Ewen) Aurifaber was one of an inquest at Dumbarton in 1271, and Martin Aurifaber appears as burgess of Aberdeen in 1281. Walter Aurifaber, burgess of Roxburgh in 1285 is doubtless "Walter the goldsmith, burgess and alderman of Roxburgh," who rendered homage in 1296. Rogier le orfeure of Berwick, also rendered homage in 1296. John Goldsmith (aurifaber) was bailie of Edinburgh in 1342 and rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the city."  The two entries of "rendered homage" refers to them having "renerderd homage" to King Edward I during his attempt to conquer Scotland.
Early History of the Gouldsmorde family
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Gouldsmorde Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Gouldsmorde include Goldsmith, Goldsmyth and others.
Early Notables of the Gouldsmorde family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Francis Goldsmith (1613-1655), English translator of Grotius, born on 25 March 1613, son and heir of Francis Goldsmith of St. Giles's-in-the-Fields, Middlesex, and grandson of Sir Francis Goldsmith of Crayford, Kent. "He became a gentleman-commoner of...
Migration of the Gouldsmorde family to Ireland
Some of the Gouldsmorde family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Gouldsmorde family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Gouldsmorde or a variant listed above: Arthur Goldsmith who purchased land and settled in Virginia in 1618; William settled in Barbados in 1654; Richard, Lewis, Joseph, Henry and Morris all settled in Philadelphia between 1822 and 1878.