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Where did the English Goule family come from? What is the English Goule family crest and coat of arms? When did the Goule family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Goule family history?

The Goule surname comes from the Middle English word "golias," meaning "giant;" as such, it likely evolved from a nickname for a very large man.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gully, Gulley, Golly, Golley, Gullie, Gullee and many more.

First found in Oxfordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1206 when Hugh Golie held estates.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goule research. Another 283 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1225, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Goule History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Goule Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Samuell Gully, who came to Virginia in 1666; Anne Gulley, who came to Virginia in 1667; Joane Gully, who arrived in Maryland in 1678; James Gully, who arrived in Maryland in 1680.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nil sine cruce
Motto Translation: Nothing without the cross.

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The Goule Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goule Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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