Gould / Family History
The Gould ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Meaning 'the son of Gold', Gould is a baptismal name. Variants include Gold, Goulde, Goold and Goldman. Gould was initially a personal name that persisted in the Middle Ages as a surname. It was in part a byname from Gold, and in part a short form of various other names. It is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are an Adam Gold, and a Golda Imayn, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Willemus Golde was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Scotland eleven Goolds of the 17th and 18th centuries are recorded in the Commissariot Record of Dunblane. In Ireland the name first came to Dublin before 1226, they being a family who moved to Kilmallock and then finally to Cork, where the name and its variants are today mostly found.
The Gould family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Gould descendants.