Golding Family History

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In this story Les tells us about his family history.

By Les Golding

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When I turned 40 years of age I became increasingly conscious that I was the last male in our strand of the Golding family gene pool. Both my father and grandfather died a long time ago. My dad had had one brother who remained a bachelor to his death and I am an only child, so the name ends with me.

Ever since I can remember there had been discussions within our family about the origin of our surname - Golding. It had long been assumed that the name was of Jewish origin.

I have now discovered that the name was first recorded in England in the 7th century and is of Anglo Saxon in origin. Ing at the end of a name translates as 'son of' and the Gold is a reference to the profession of the person, in this case a craftsman working with gold or alternatively a person having blonde hair. So . . . son of a goldsmith - that's the name question answered so now - who am I?

Well my fathers family originally farmed land in the village of Ashen on the border of Suffolk and Essex and had done for over 200 years. For some reason my great grandfather brought his family up to the North East of England in the 1870's, first to Blackhill in Consett and finally to Sunderland. He spent the remainder of his life working in the brewing industry.

In the recent TV series Who Do You Think You Are the actress Barbara Windsor traced on strand of her family - the Goldings - to Suffolk. It turns out we are related and she also discovered that she is related to the artist John Constable - so I suppose I may be too.

Now I have given myself a past I can be far more excited in my families future. I have one child, a daughter, who is about to marry and hopefully have children of her own thus continuing the gene stand if not the family name, for generations to come.

My name is Jodi golding ...Posted on 13/02/2012 at 18:58:40

My name is debra Golding, we share the same family ties although we emigrated to Australia in 1974. My dad is David Henry Golding and his father Harry James Golding, our family church was Belchamp St Paul and we came from a farming background. You are definitely not the last...........Posted on 18/04/2012 at 13:30:38

Thanks for the comment Debra. I realise I'm not the last member of the Golding family I was referring to the fact I was the last of my "strand" of the family. It would be great to view your family tree - do you have a gedcom file I could view or are you a member of either Ancestry.com or Genes Reunited? Best wishes, Les Posted on 20/04/2012 at 15:05:53

My name is Yul A Golding my dads name Edward Henry Golding his dads was william George Golding and we are frm South Africa.I would like to learn more about u guys.Posted on 22/09/2012 at 04:58:34

I am very interested also being Jodi Golding - my grandfather Lionel Golding was a Barnado Orphan shipped to Canada also known as Home Children -we believe his mother was Thriza Golding and had other children. Any relations or connection to this family ? Posted on 02/10/2012 at 02:24:32

thanks for the link love you saw thorugh my post which was a thinly veiled plea for reciprocation.@Chris see, if you were still blogging you could really take me to task on this You are probably right, I'll go and look at the Seely-Brown stuff. I think it's the social capital element that is significant. It's not just swapping ideas, but giving of yourself to an online identity that creates reciprocity. If you have made me laugh on twitter, I'll feel well disposed the next time you put out a call say hi to the folks in my workshop'. This isn't intellectual capital, but is this the type of thing SB meant? It will be worth revisiting his ideas as they will have predated a lot of the current social tools, so we can see how they sit now. Now, if you were blogging still .@Jim put down the flamethrower, step away from it with your hands raised.Posted on 05/10/2012 at 10:46:10

A good many vaulables you've given me.Posted on 05/10/2012 at 03:29:04

Going to put this atcrlie to good use now.Posted on 05/10/2012 at 10:33:57

I told my grandmother how you heepld. She said, "bake them a cake!"Posted on 07/10/2012 at 03:42:28

Day 16 .has it been that long already? Good for you for stckiing it out this far most people would give up around day 4 or 5. Changing lifestyle this drastically is HARD!All of that historical stuff you throw in there, all of it is relevant. Believe me I know! But now you are making a new history for yourself. Hopefully a decade from now you will look back and say See, it started with 21 days, but I just never stopped walking. You should be very proud of your efforts! Keep it up, good things are coming!Posted on 07/10/2012 at 05:34:58

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Hi my name is Joanne Golding my dad is David reeve his dad Allan reeve his James reeve his dad is jasia & his parents are Uriah Golding & Eliza reeve Posted on 07/11/2012 at 07:40:56

Hi my son's are from the golding line from leyton had a pub called the three blackbirds, I have traced them back to Belchamp walter essex. Any link?Posted on 11/03/2013 at 06:41:29

Priscillamann@hotmail.co.uk if you want to discuss I have a tree on ancestry.co.ukPosted on 11/03/2013 at 06:43:04

My name is John William Golding. My dad's name was John Peter Golding, he was born in Belchamp St. Paul in 1920. His dad's name was Willie Alfred Golding, he was born in Ovington, Essex in 1887. Whilst I was born in London, and still live there, my Golding ancesters lived in and around Essex and Suffolk.Posted on 31/05/2013 at 19:35:51

Hi, John William! I am certain we are family as my great-grandmother was from Ovington and Great-grandfather from Ashen, both villages are very small. If you pm me an email address I will contact you or you can email me at les@lesgoldingphotography.co.uk I look forward to hearing from you ;)Posted on 11/06/2013 at 11:12:21

Hi my father was Robert Noble Golding. By our history from Cork County, Ireland. However, because of having Gold as part of this name our family always presumed that in fact we must be Jewish somewhere along the line. My mother was concerned about this and therefore named me Mary Frances. BUT, here is the rub, most everyone thinks I am Jewish. Even with my married name of Morin. Ok now it really gets crazy. My ex husband is Jewish. His name surname was changed to not be identified as a Jew. But guess what Morin is a very common French and Irish surname from what I have heard! Wow, Mitzi the very Jewish sounding name I chose to call myself. Instead of the Catholic nun moniker of Mary Morin. HELP! Identity crisis here.! Posted on 26/06/2013 at 07:05:04

Hi my name is Hannah Golding my parents are Anne and Paul Golding who traced our family back to cork maybe we are related? Posted on 31/07/2013 at 22:53:35

Hey my name is Johnathan Golding...my grandfather was Norman Golding and so on....one thing that runs in our golding family is the same middle namePosted on 07/08/2013 at 03:37:51

johnathanbgolding@gmail.comPosted on 07/08/2013 at 03:47:06

Robert Gerald Golding son of Gerald William my grandmother was Harriet Kate Golding my grandfather unknown to me, he is a blank space on Dad's birth cert.. Anybody related to Harriet ?Posted on 01/09/2013 at 21:53:00

I am a Golding and I have traced my Family Tree back to Thomas Golding who lived in Kirby Le Soken in Essex. ALL the Golding family lived there. I am trying at the moment to go further back to find if Thomas Golding was BORN in Kirby Le Soken but have had no luck so far. In Glemsford, Suffolk there is a GOLDING CHAPEL. Interesting post. Posted on 14/09/2013 at 02:36:40

Our large section of the Golding family came from Manea in Cambridgeshire but we are all part of the extended Goldings from the same area. Our relatives are now spread far and wide. However, I would be interested if anybody has verified facts about Anglo Saxon connections. Also there was a Goldings tin mine in St Just, Cornwall. The mine was founded by one of our relatives in c 1820 and has a fascinating recorded history in the local mining archives. I cannot seem to find further information about the exact origin of the Golding miners. Does anybody have information about tin mining Goldings of St Just ?. Posted on 12/10/2013 at 17:39:13

I am reading all these blogs so I might as well add mine We are the Dorset Goldings my x great grandfather was a parson in St Mary the Virgin in Piddlehinton Dorset 1562 and there is a brass plate to prove it. There is also a Golding recorded as a parson in1498 place called Bearton. I have records of Goldings coming through Dorset to Eastcote and this is my fathers immediate line. We are often mistaken for Jewish and one Grandfather married a Jewish lady so no doubt Judaism was practiced for maybe two generations. I would be interested where Barbara Windsors Elizabeth Golding line originated from.Posted on 18/12/2013 at 18:40:19

I am reading all these blogs so I might as well add mine We are the Dorset Goldings my x great grandfather was a parson in St Mary the Virgin in Piddlehinton Dorset 1562 and there is a brass plate to prove it. There is also a Golding recorded as a parson in1498 place called Bearton. I have records of Goldings coming through Dorset to Eastcote and this is my fathers immediate line. We are often mistaken for Jewish and one Grandfather married a Jewish lady so no doubt Judaism was practiced for maybe two generations. I would be interested where Barbara Windsors Elizabeth Golding line originated from.Posted on 18/12/2013 at 18:40:21

There are many Golding and Golden families in the USA and Canada descended from the Goldings of Essex and Kent. ... It would be nice to get a few more YDNA tests done by male Goldings from the Chelmsford area. We are trying to track back American Goldings and Goldens. Since the Goldings came to America starting in 1607 and through 1670, then there is not always documentation. BUT we do have over 50 YDNA tests to compare. If of interest I can be reached at Norfolk1956@gmail or my Golding/Golden/Goulding family history is online at http://WDGolden.com/genesPosted on 01/01/2014 at 17:36:17

I am descended from a james and lucy golding from kirby le soken essex born around 1820s. Still working on it! Good to read all these blogsPosted on 31/01/2014 at 21:07:18

My mother was a Golding, born in the state of Georgia, USA, in 1918. We may be tied back to John Golding and William Golding of Dunstan, Lincolnshire. John is believed to have arrived in the Virginia colony in 1651, and William in Massachusetts in 1646. The history and links since that time to the present are well documented, except for a confusing period in the early 1800's that may cast some doubts.Posted on 08/02/2014 at 14:38:58

My Great Great Grand father was Robert Golding who came from Belchamp St Paul . He was licence of THE Three Blackbirds in Leyton and the family run the pub for over 120 years. Steve GoldingPosted on 23/02/2014 at 04:54:32

My father came from Camberwell His name was Edwin Golding His eldest sister was Ada and his brother Frank A younger sister Rose My Grandparents owned a shop in Camberwell and I believe they moved to Dulwich Glad to know the name Golding is still going strong Posted on 11/03/2014 at 13:39:47

My grandfather emigrated as a two year old to New Zealand in1860. He was from Brosely Shropshire. My father and his brother had no sons to carry on the name but as an unmarried daughter I have done so for 90 years! Nevertheless I note from listings in directories and other sources that the family name exists throughout New Zealand, and no doubt will survive. Annette GoldingPosted on 08/05/2014 at 03:02:59

My maiden name was Lorraine Golding, daughter of Herbert Arthur Golding, son of Herbert Arthur Golding born 1900. We know nothing of our family before this date. We came from North London and believe my grandfather came from West London (my grandmother came from Shepherd's Bush and was called Rose Florence Young). Any one know us?? Posted on 07/06/2014 at 23:58:42

I may as well tell you about my Goldings. My great grandfather was William Golding his family lived in Ditton House, Ditton in Kent. Around 1888 he and his Catholic wife went to New Zealand to a place called Wanganui. I understand that it was because she was Catholic he was sent away. He was the oldest son and although he kept in touch with his mother there is little history which would indicate that his father had anything to do with him. My grandfather Reginald Golding went to WWI was wounded and sent to England and there he had contact with his cousin Norman Porch Golding. Reginald Golding died in 1974 he was survived by two daughters Edith Ethel Eleanor Golding (my mother) and her sister Thelma Elizabeth Golding. Both daughters are now deceased so that thread of Goldings is also gone. Would love to hear from anyone who is related to these Goldings. frostys@optusnet.com.au Posted on 01/11/2014 at 08:27:10

Johnathan B Golding Originating from Surrey Grandfather: Norman B Golding Always wondered where the name came from as I came to the conclusion from research it was German/JewishPosted on 21/12/2014 at 16:28:16

My name is rosanna dunbar from australia. My father was bor. In shoalhaven bay ireland and my paternal grandmother was anne dunbar, her brother was a prominent redemptorist brother named richard goldingPosted on 15/02/2015 at 02:51:34

My great grandfather was Robert Golding, married a Wright who operated a Royal Oak pub in London. Any others from this line out there? Posted on 05/03/2015 at 21:02:43

You all may actually be related to Shakespeare: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Golding http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_de_Vere%2C_17th_Earl_of_Oxford http://lexalytics.com/lexablog/2015/who-wrote-macbeth-3-things-text-mining-can-tell-us-about-authors/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margery_GoldingPosted on 05/07/2015 at 18:48:47

My husband's Great Great Grandmother was Ann Golding, she married Henry Hillier. They were married in Castlecombe, Wiltshire. The following children they had: Lucy, William, Mary, Anna, James and Sidney. Anyone having any information on them please email me rwhillier@sasktel.netPosted on 09/07/2015 at 19:18:09

My comment is about my gg grandfather Edwin Golding He married Sussana Wink in 1830 in St Martin in the Field and lived in Dartmouth St Westminster They had their son was called George who mrried Eliza Matilda Buckland Edwin Golding was born in Bristol in 1812 Ihave no information about the life of George from his birth or who his parents were or when he arrived in London Many thanks to my Golding namesakes Can any Golding help me with my search Many thanks June Golding Posted on 16/08/2015 at 14:21:19

My comment is about my gg grandfather Edwin Golding He married Sussana Wink in 1830 in St Martin in the Field and lived in Dartmouth St Westminster Their son was called George who mrried Eliza Matilda Buckland Edwin Golding was born in Bristol in 1812 Ihave no information about the life of Edwin from his birth or who his parents were or when he arrived in London Many thanks to my Golding namesakes Can any Golding help me with my search Many thanks June Golding Posted on 16/08/2015 at 14:28:13

Bit spooky but my gg grandad Fred Constable moved up to the North East from Essex. I too am a Makem! Some of my Constables have the christian name of Golding (presumably to preserve a mother's maiden name through her son). I use ancestry.co.uk, if you want to get in touch email me at Medi2121@aol.comPosted on 10/11/2015 at 21:18:12

Wishing all my Golding family wherever and whoever you are a very Happy Christmas for 2015 and a prosperous 2016 Posted on 23/12/2015 at 14:52:22

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Hi, rossproctor9@gmail.com here from Down Under. Seems I am the G-G-Grandson of William Golding born 1824 in Stansfield, Suffolk and (cousins?) Elizabeth Golding born 1830 also in Suffolk...where they married in 1849 and subsequently emigrated to Australia. Anyone know more on these two? Please e-mail would be easiest. Cheers and Happy New Year 2016 the Goldings all over 🙂Posted on 03/01/2016 at 15:40:44

Update - William and Elizabeth Golding sailed London to Adelaide Australia on the: Sultana in 1851 aged 26 and 20 respectively.Posted on 06/01/2016 at 06:02:20

Hi My Golding line started out as Henricus Goulding (1537 ish) of Sevington Court (also Newherber or New arbor) Kent. It passed to his son Robert Goulding who had married into the Phineux family then the Barrow family of Hinxhill. They were granted a coat of arms in 1572 'Argent a cross voided between four lions passant, guardent gules'. Robert had 4 sons, Giles, John, Robert and Henry. ( it is possible that this Sir John Golding married Margery de vere) In about 1595 sevington court was taken from them by the crown. There was a court case where they tried to retrieve it. Robert (our line) became mayor of Maidstone and with his brother Henry was one of the first 12 Jurats in the country. He was given the lease of Allington Castle when it was taken from the Wyatt's in the revolution to put Elizabeth 1st on thrown. In 1619 the Golding's were mentioned in the visitation with their new name and pedigree. Robert died in 1623 leaving a son Henry and daughter. His son was too young to inherit so the lease for Allington passed to his cousin John Best. Henry married Elizabeth Hammond in 1625, in Bapchild, kent. This was in the reign of Charles 1st. They then hopped counties and were found in letcombe Regis, Berkshire from about 1627. In the 1600's the Sidwells married the Goldings and departed to America. Henry Golding's son of 1708 in letcombe Regis was the start of the name of John Reynolds Golding. The last of the John Reynolds Golding's moved to St Pancras in London with his wife Fanny (Sims of Wantage) in 1865 and died in 1876. One of his sons Walter John Reynolds Golding went back to Wantage. Eventually married and had a daughter and grandson who both died in London in the 1944 bombing. Fanny Golding remarried Alfred Moore (coach painter) had about 4 children who were sent to Barnados when her husband Alfred died. She married again, and again her husband died and again her children were taken into care. Hope this may help anyone who is trying to match Golding's to their own family history. Sorry it's so long. This is actually the short version!Posted on 13/01/2016 at 17:41:40

anyone have William Robert Poole Golding b1789 Romford, Essex, England and Thomas Golding b 1765 and Robert Golding b 1723??? dotsmith84@gmail.com or Eve Fergerson via Essex-uk@rootsweb.com thank youPosted on 03/02/2016 at 20:33:55

Hi, Bill Alp here. My grandmother was Eleanor Mary Golding, born 7 December 1882 in Ashen Clare Suffolk England. Her parents were John Golding and Sophie Golding.(nee Hammond). I would like to hear from anybody who can provide information about her ancestors and siblings. Please email me at bill.alp@xtra.co.nz. Thank you.Posted on 15/03/2016 at 04:58:46

My Grandmother Emma Golding was born in Ely Cambridgeshire in 1870 daughter of James B1837 and Elizabeth B 1840 nee Tingay James was son of John Golding and Denniss nee Cropley another well known Ely family John Golding was born in another county and unfortunately died at 39 before the 1851 census. James moved to Lancashire looking for work and the family ended up in Accrington where Emma marrie my grandfather William Howarth. They emigrated to Australiain 1902 and on to New Zealand in 1905. Anyone have a connection?Posted on 04/04/2016 at 03:12:10

I have Goldings from Kings Lynn and also Coventry. Thomas Henry Francis Golding born 1823 in KIngs Lynn, parents Thomas and Esther. Brother Frederick Edmund Agustus Golding born 1827 in Kings Lynn. The latter lived in Ipswich in 1850s and had 5 children, Francis, Ellen, Alice, Martha and Elizabeth. May be connections to Coventry Goldings in 1800s. robin.h.golding@btinternet.comPosted on 31/05/2016 at 21:27:15

I am looking for the gouldings or goldings who came over to South Africa. My grandfather was Claude and my dad is George Goulding. If anyone can give me some information on betschap@hotmail.co.uk. I know they came from Scotland and Ireland. My aunt was MacWay oR McWay however it is spelled , which was Scottish. Posted on 04/07/2016 at 15:19:01

Hi! My name is Stacy Gauldin and today I discovered that, I too, am directly descnded from these, whom I have never heard of. I live in the USA. Is there a possibility of there being a connection to the Gaulden manor (formerly Gaveldon, Gavaldon)? As to how my name has arms that are identical to Gachnang, Switzerland, I'm not sure of the connection, if any. If you know anything else I'm super curious. Posted on 21/08/2016 at 00:54:48

Where did the middle name of Mingaye come from in Thomas Mingaye Golding come from?Posted on 03/11/2016 at 06:37:44

My name is John Hodges and I am working on some research into Golding Hall, Cound, Shropshire. I am hoping to find the origin of the name 'Golding'. It was the Langley family who lived here for over 300 years- any information do get in contact: richardjhodges79@gmail.com Thanks JohnPosted on 02/01/2017 at 09:24:30

My name is Aaron Golding, and I am decended from the Goldings of Cambridgeshire (Oakington, to be precise), although according to ancestry.com the family may have moved to Cambridgeshire from Berkshire sometime around the early 1700s. My family emigrated to South Australia in the 1850s.Posted on 17/01/2017 at 07:03:07

I'm a sophomore highschooler and I'm doing a paper on William Golding for my English class right now, and I stumbled across this page when researching... Interesting stuff! :)Posted on 25/01/2017 at 02:22:18

Les Golding--I heard a different story about your father. If you want to know, contact me at lrmeyers@gmail.com. I really hope I don't get spam from putting my address out there, but I don't know any other way of contacting you. Unfortunately, the person who told me this story has since passed away, so I can only tell this to you second hand. Posted on 02/09/2017 at 13:50:12

My grandfather was Frederick Golding who died around 1933 of pneumonia. My mum ( his daughter) is nearly 91 and lost all contact with his family after his death. I know he served in the navy in the first world war. I know his parents were Eliza and Thomas Golding and they were living in East London in the late 19th century.Posted on 04/09/2017 at 21:11:29

My name is Richard J. Golding Sr, Father name was Robert Wood Golding from New jersey he was born 1919 and died 1997 I was wondering if there is a Jewish tie to my Family history? James194848@yahoo.com if anyone comes up with it Thank You allPosted on 29/11/2017 at 01:27:01

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