Joscelyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Joscelyn was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. It comes from the Germanic given name Gozzelin, which is a diminutive that translates as the little god. The surname Joscelyn was formed in the vernacular or regional naming tradition, which is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Early Origins of the Joscelyn family

The surname Joscelyn was first found in Jersey where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Joscelyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Joscelyn research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1566, 1626, 1619, 1626, 1614 and 1621 are included under the topic Early Joscelyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Joscelyn Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Joscelyn include Gosselin, Goselin, Goselyn, Goslin, Gosline, Gosling, Gosslyn, Gossling, Gosselyn and many more.

Early Notables of the Joscelyn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Joscelyn family to Ireland

Some of the Joscelyn 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.

Migration of the Joscelyn family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Joscelyns to arrive on North American shores: William Gosselin settled in Barbados in 1635; Andreas and Barbara Gosselin settled in Charles Town in 1766; Edward Gosselin arrived in New York in 1821..

Contemporary Notables of the name Joscelyn (post 1700)

  • George S. Joscelyn, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Sullivan County, 1837 [1]
  • Theodore Joscelyn Curphey (1897-1986), American coroner, Chief Medical Examiner of Nassau County (1937-1957), Los Angeles County Coroner (1957-1967)
  • Sir John Joscelyn Coghill (1826-1905), English peer, 4th Baronet of the Coghill Baronets of Coghill
  • William Joscelyn Arkell (1904-1958), British paleontologist
  • Joscelyn Godwin (b. 1945), English composer, musicologist and translator from Kelmscott, Oxfordshire

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