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I want to know what my last name means or where it comes from!?
My mom's last name is Suydam and my dad's is Goss, but my mom's history died with my great grandparents as of my dad's side also!. Does anyone know where i could find out what the name Suydam and Goss mean and where they come from !? i!.e!. if they would be german, italian, spanish!. Itd be nice to know what they mean and what nationality they are from!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
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Recorded as Goss, Gosse, Goscling, Gosling (English & French), and Gosse, Gosmann, Gosz, (Austrian, German, Swiss and sometimes Polish), this is a surname of truly ancient origins!. It has two possible origins!. The first is from the popular pre 7th century word 'gos or got' both meaning meaning good or even god, and found both in England and areas under Germanic influence!. There are claims that it went from England to Germany through association with the 6th century Anglo-Saxons, or even through the later Vikings or Normans from the 10th century onwards, and vice versa!.
The epi-centre of the surname in England from the15th century is claimed to be the West Country, and there are numerous early recordings in the counties of Devon and Cornwall!. Examples taken at random include the marriage of John Gosse and Margaret Northcott on September 1559 at St!. Mary Arche's, in the city of Exeter, and later the christening of Ann Goss on July 9th 1742 at Bodmin in Cornwall!. However it is also possible that in England at least, some Goss(e) families may have an occupational origin!. This is from the medieval word gos meaning a goose herd, or a merchant specialising in goose down and feathers!.
Suydam Name Meaning and History
http://www!.familysearch!.org has these varied spellings for SUYDAM:
SEDAM ; ZUIDEMA; VAN SUYDAM ; SNYDAM (thought to be misspelled, however); SUIJDAM; and SOUTHAM (dates back to 1425 in England)!.
Another early listing is : GEORGE SUIJDAM--b!. About 1443 Of Zwolle, Netherlands
The listings are in the USA, England, Netherlands, Italy, & Norway!.
Varied spellings for GOSS include: GESSE ; GASSE ; GUSE; GOSSE ; GOZ ; GOOSE ; GOASS ; GOSSELIN; GOOS; GAS ; LA GASSE; GJOS; GOOSS ; GOSSI; & GOSSO!.
Listings are from the USA, UK, Canada, South Africa, India, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Barbados, French Antilles (Caribbean), Central America , Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Mexico, South America, Italy, Australia,
New Zealand, &!. Sweden!.
Alfreda Goz --b!. About 1068 Auram
ADRIAEN GOOS--Marriage: 04 JUN 1597,Germany
(This guy--John FOSS--married sisters Sarah GOSS, b!.1642, in 1663; and Elizabeth GOSS , b!. 1665, on 25 JAN 1686 )
Goss Name Meaning and History
English (chiefly West Country): variant of Gosse!.
German: from the Germanic personal name Gozzo, a short form of the various compound names with the first element god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’!.
Gosse Name Meaning and History
English (of Norman origin), French, and North German: from the Old French personal name Gosse, representing the Germanic personal name Gozzo, a short form of the various compound names beginning god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’!.Www@QuestionHome@Com
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Goss Surname Origin
(Origin Saxon) A goose, from Gos, a goose!.