Gosselin

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The surname Gosselin is said to be a variation of the patronym Jocelyn (see Derivation of Jersey Surnames)


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Pierre Eugene Gosselin

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Origin of Surname

This is a variant form of an old French personal name imported into England in the forms Goscelin, Gosselin and Jocelin. The name, of complex origin, was very popular among the Normans, and has its roots either in the old German personal name Gauzelin meaning "a descendant of the Goths".

It is also said to be a diminuitive of the Germanic personal name 'Gosse', derived from gaut (of the people). It is a common name in Normandy today.

A third possibility is that Gosling originated as a nickname for a keeper of geese, in which case it would not be a variant of Gosselin but a separate name.

Early records

The surname Gosselin is first found in Jersey in the Assize Roll of 1309, where Peter Darcys and Guillot Le Keu are convicted of beating Colin Goscelin with blood and wounds. The heirs of Guillaume and Thomas Gosselin can be found in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550.

From Jersey, the family moved to Guernsey and Sark - with Nicolas Gosselin being one of the original settlers of Sark with Hellier De Caretet in 1565, which is remembered in the naming of Havre Gosselin.

The family of Gosselin is, without doubt, of Norman origin, but at what exact period they settled in Jersey cannot be correctly ascertained. The first upon record in that Island is Robert Gosselin, a famous captain, who greatly assisted in rescuing the Castle of Mont Orgueil from the French in the reign of Edward III, and was, for his gallant services not only appointed Governor of the Castle by that Monarch, but presented with the arms since borne by the family (viz Gules, a Chevron between three Crescents ermine), as appears by the original grant under the great seal of England, supposed to be upon record in the Tower of London, or among the archives in Winchester. This Robert Gosselin some time after settled in Guernsey, where he married Magdelaine, daughter of William Mattravers, his Majesty’s Lieutenant in that Island. Berry, William, History of Guernsey, (1815)

According to Duncan's History of Guernsey, the Guernsey branch started when Hellier Gosselin, son of Thomas (a jurat of the Royal Court in Jersey in 1521), moved there, became HM Procureur in 1546, and subsequently Bailiff of Guernsey in 1549.

Variants

  • Gosselin c1340
  • Gosselyn 1515
  • Goscelin, 1309
  • Gosceleyn 1309
  • Gocelin 1309
  • Goslin
  • Gosling, a separate family in Jersey from Gosselin, but acknowledged as a name variant
  • Gosline
  • Gossling

Related Places

  • Havre Gosselin, Sark

Family records

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Family histories



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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Gosselin family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Marie Gosselin, refugee in Jersey because of the Protestant Religion 25 March 1738 - D/Y/A/6
  • Philippe Gosselin, St Mary bequeaths to Ann Jane Bisson a house and lands in St Mary and St Lawrence - 10 October 1903, D/Y/A/62

Family photograph album

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Further Reading

  • Gosselin, Geoffrey, Joshua Gosselin - water colorist, RGS, 1979
  • Marr, LJ, Guernsey People, Phillimore (1984), entries for:
    • Hellier Gosselin
    • Joshua Gosselin
    • Admiral Thomas Le Marchant Gosselin
  • McClintock, David, The life of Joshua Gosselin of Guernsey 1739-1813, greffier and soldier, antiquary and artist, plantsman and natural historian, Toucan Press, 1976
  • Duncan, Jonathan, The History of Guernsey, 1841
    • Vice-Admiral Gosselin, pp649-651

Family gravestones

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