Gutsell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Gutsell comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was "gode," meaning "good," along with "saule, or soule," meaning "soul." Thus it is thought to have originally been a nickname for a good soul, or honest person, which then went on to become a hereditary surname.
Early Origins of the Gutsell family
The surname Gutsell was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. We cannot support Lower, Bardsley, and Harrison who claim that the name was from Gods-Hill in the Isle of Wight.
Early History of the Gutsell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gutsell research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1556, 1542, 1568 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Gutsell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gutsell Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Gutsell has undergone many spelling variations, including Godsell, Godsall, Goldsalde, Godseel, Godsel, Godsalve and many more.
Early Notables of the Gutsell family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Godsalve (b. circa 1505- d. 1556), Clerk of the Signet, and Comptroller of the Mint, was the son and heir of Thomas Godsalve (d. 1542), registrar of the consistory court at Norwich and an owner of landed property in Norfolk.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gutsell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gutsell family to Ireland
Some of the Gutsell 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.
Gutsell migration to the United States +
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Gutsell were among those contributors:
Gutsell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Georg Gutsell, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 
Contemporary Notables of the name Gutsell (post 1700) +
- Bertram Harry Gutsell (1887-1952), birth name of Bertini, a British dance band leader
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)