Gosset

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A Miss Gosset photographed by Ernest Baudoux


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Direct links to lists of baptisms, marriages and burials for the Gosset family can be found under Family Records opposite. If you want to search for records for a spelling variant of Gosset, or for any other family name, just click below on the first letter of the family name you are interested in. This will open a new tab in your browser giving you a list of family names beginning with that letter, for which there are baptism records in our database of half a million church and public registry records.

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Origin of Surname

George Balleine suggests that both Gosset and Gosselin are forms of Jocelyn. However, family historian Evangeline Gosset Newcomer suggests an entirely different derivation of the name:

"History relates explicitly that simple armorial bearings were employed before surnames were established and that, in the tenth century, knights assumed their names which were suggested by their symbols. For combat, in battle, or at tournament a knight presented himself with closed visor and no one knew him except by the symbol he wore. When once some glorious achievement had been associated with his symbol, that sign became a true surname and it became permanent and hereditary.
"It is obvious the symbol, goussé, in the Gossett coat-of-arms was the only armorial device worn by the first knight it represented, and the heraldic significance of this symbol is evidence that the ancient family of Gossett lived in Normandy, France, before their surname was established. The French word, Goussé (pronounced Goo say´), was the early form of the Gossett name. The name and the symbol were identical. Therefore, the goussé symbol designated a chivalrous knight in the very early history of the family and, subsequently, inspired the Goussé name. Goussé became Goussét; finally, Gosset or Gossett.
"Some families continued to use the name Goussé, as found in French volumes among names of nobles of ancient France. And, several soldiers by the name of Goussé served with La Fayette's troops in the American Revolution. At least for some time, other families used Goussét. However, in France, England, and America the name is Gosset or Gossett.
"Goussé is the French word meaning pod, and the phrase, goussé de fèves, means literally pod of beans, or bean-pod. "Pod" and "beans" are word pictures and are of very early date. They have literal significance. Therefore, the goussé symbol, representing a product of the soil, indicates the Gossetts possessed land. Consequently, they were feudal lords."

Early records

Although Payne (see below) shows the main Gosset family arriving in Jersey about 1685, the name is known earlier in the island.

  • Jane Gosset (1564- ) married Raulin Luce

Payne's Armorial of Jersey

John Gosset, a member of an influential French family, settled in Jersey shortly after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes and founded a family now existing in various branches, both in that island and in England. Among its many noteworthy members may be mentioned Matthew Gosset, of Bagot, who, during the first French Revolution, was conspicuously active in his efforts to ameliorate the sufferings of the many noble and other refugees who sought an asylum in Jersey. The exiles were so sensible of his disinterested kindness, that they presented him as a token of their grateful appreciation of his services, with a gold snuff-box, now in the possession of his descendants.

Another eminent member of the family, the late Major- General Sir William Gosset, was for some years Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons, at whose death the members of which passed a resolution expressive of the high sense the House entertained of his services.

The Rev Isaac Gosset, of Exeter College, Oxford, was a well-known Greek scholar, and was especially famous as a collector and judge of books. His son, the Rev Isaac Gosset, also of Exeter College, was for 38 years Rector of Datchet, and for 34 years Vicar of New Windsor, both in Buckinghamshire. In May 1818 he was appointed Chaplain at Windsor Castle, an appointment which he held during four reigns, until his death.

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  • Gossett

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Notes on our list, abbreviations used etc

  • Edward Frankland Gosset, son of Arthur, of Jersey, Lieut-Col, King's Liverpool Regiment
  • Harold James Gosset (1885- ) (Gsy), son of James Philippe and Emma Jane, nee Taylor, of Jersey, L-Cpl, Canadian Infantry


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Family wills


These wills created by members of the Gosset 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 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page

  • Edouard Gosset of St Ouen, desires to be buried in St Ouen's Cemetery, bequeaths to the poor of St Ouen 10s - 6 June 1883, D/Y/A/43
  • John Gosset - 8 October 1870, D/Y/A/35
  • Louisa Gosset, 7 Peel Terrace, St Helier - 11 April 1918, D/Y/A/78
  • Maria Gosset, widow, of 14 The Terrace, St Helier, bequeaths to Mary-Ann Robin her prayer books and the testator’s husbands Bible - 10 October 1883, D/Y/A/43
  • Mary Gosset of St Helier, widow of William Orviss - 24 September 1888, D/Y/A/47
  • Nicholas Gosset, Grove Place, St Helier - 23 May 1918, D/Y/A/78


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The church record links above will open in a new tab in your browser and generate the most up-to-date list of each set of records from our database. These lists replace earlier Family page baptism lists, which were not regularly updated. They have the added advantage that they produce a chronological listing for the family name in all parishes, so you do not have to search through A-Z indexes, parish by parish.

We have included some important spelling variants on some family pages, but it may be worth searching for records for a different spelling variant. Think of searching for variants with or without a prefix, such as Le or De. To search for further variants, or for any other family name, just click on the appropriate link below for the first letter of the family name, and a new tab will open, giving you the option to choose baptism, marriage or burial records. You will then see a list of available names for that type of record and you can select any name from that list. That will display all records of the chosen type for that family name, and you can narrow the search by adding a given name, selecting a parish or setting start and end dates in the form you will see above. You can also change the family name, or search for a partial name if you are not certain of the spelling

The records are displayed 30 to a page, but by selecting the yellow Wiki Table option at the top left of the page you can open a full, scrollable list. This list will either be displayed in a new tab or a pop-up window. You may have to edit the settings of your browser to allow pop-up windows for www.jerripediabmd.net. For the small number of family names for which a search generates more than 1,500 records you will have to refine your search (perhaps using start or end dates) to reduce the number of records found.

New records

Starting in August 2020 we are adding several thousand new records from the registers of Roman Catholic, Methodist and other non-conformist churches. These will appear in date order within a general search of the records and are also individually searchable within the database search form

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