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Gostwick Name Study

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About the Project

The Gostwick Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Gostwick name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Gostwick name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Gostwick's), by time period (18th Century Gostwick's), or by topic (Gostwick DNA, Gostwick Occupations, Gostwick Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

A small but ancient family

The town of Goswick, just a stones throw from Lindesfarne, is believed to be our first English settlement location. Likely it's name meant 'Sands of (those from) Goes'

As early as the 12th century, evidence exists that shows merchants from the Island City-state of 'Goes, Netherlands' navigating trade routes to Northeastern England across the Black Sea. I believe these families settled Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1295, moving from wine merchants to tax collectors.

By the 15th century, we had mostly settled Bedfordshire, Devon & London.

After the great fire of London, and plague of 1666, at least 2-3 branches of the Gostwick tribe left England for America and Canada.

Only 1199 males have been found that match our criteria, worldwide, ever.
Only 151 of those profiles contains placenames with 'England'

Samuel Gostwick served in 17th century Africa. One Gostick was known to marry in Malta before returning to England.

Is your Gostwick family hiding elsewhere in the world? We'd LOVE to add you to the project.

How to Join

To join the Gostwick Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Chris Gorman for assistance.

... ... ... is a member of the Gostwick Name Study Project.

Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!

I will hopefully be allowed to create pages to hold the research pertaining to all the early Gostwicks. Its more than your average profile, and makes researchers nervous. This is all original cited material, held privately until now...please do good things with it my cousins. Write lots of great biographies for all the good stuff shared here! ~Chris Gorman

Gostwick Occupations

[Carpenter] [Clergy] [Coachman] [Exchequer] [Schoolmaster] [Shoe Maker] [Tobacconist] [Weaver]

Odd Placename facts related to the project

  • Lincolnshire: the town of Barton Haven was known as 'Gascrick' in the 13th century, per the Lost streets of Barton. This is almost certainly tied to our Henry de Gaskrik of Barton
  • Northumberland: The town of Goswick, across the land bridge from Holy Island aka Lindesfarne, was inhabited by Goswicks before 1300, until forfeiture of their lands when Berwick fell to Robert the Bruce.

Current Project Work

  • Create Research Repository pages for all pre-1500 Gostwick project research subjects: (20/57 linked with a first pass)
  • Need to translate from Latin this criminal William Gostwick/Willington legal case, and date it, and figure out which William it is.
  • Gostwick-17 needs some love. Add kids to profile, create a bio
  • Setup Gostwyck Baronetage and categorize the (5) Baronets (not feasible)
  • Find all the Knights Bachelor and cite/categorize them (1/3 done) Sir William Gostwick KB
  • Profile needs it's Parentage Fixed
  • Tag all Gostwick/Gosticks with Category & sticker Gostwick complete, less pre-1500s
  • adopt anything orphaned
  • Flesh out ONS project page


Related Surnames and Surname Variants

(please always include each exact surname spelling found in a citation 'other suranames' field)

'Root Surnames'

'y' based (spelling) variants (early, usually pre-1700)

'i' based (spelling) variants (later, usually post-1700)

't' based (morph-A) variants (the W in Gostwyck was dropped)

'w' based (morph-B) variants (the T in Gostwyck was dropped)

Erroneous Spellings and Outright Mistakes

'erroneous' variants (outright mistakes by the transcriber) these are variant name versions that are noted only for hunting down mistakes, and shouldnt be used in primary surname fields.

Gosetwick, Gestwick, Gostewick, Goestwick, all add extra 'e' letters, and are mistakes
Gostwich & Goswich, sounds like sandwich, but its usually an error in decoding the k written in secretary hand, which can look like an h
Ghostwick and variations, whenever the long O was exaggerated, Gostwick triggered a phonetics match with 'ghost' and influenced some spellings

I have never found a legitimate spelling with Gas*, Ges*, Gis*, or Gus* used. FEW if any mistakes are made with the O vowel....

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