Last name: Golby

This interesting surname, widely recorded in Church Registers of Staffordshire and Warwickshire from the mid 16th Century under the variant spellings Goldby, Goldsby, Golsby, Gouldeby and Gowlbie, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name believed to be from some minor, unrecorded or now "lost" place, one situated in the West Midlands of England, because of the high incidence of early surname recordings from that area. The component elements of the placename are believed to be the Olde English pre 7th Century "golde", marigold, a derivative of "gold", gold, with the Olde English "by", from the Old Scandinavian "byr", homestead, settlement. Alternatively, Golby may ultimately derive from Goulceby, a parish and village near Horncastle in Lincolnshire, recorded as "Colchesbi" in the Domesday Book of 1086; as "Golckesbi" in 1185; and as "Golcebi" in the 1202 Assize Court Rolls of that county. The component elements of this placename are the Old Norse personal name "Kolkr", with "byr" (as above). In 1221, one Ralph de Golkesbi, witness, was noted in the Assize Court Rolls of Lincolnshire, and on December 9th 1583, Alice, daughter of George Gowlbie, was christened at Wolfhampcote, Warwickshire. The marriage of Edward Golby to Lettis Mathewes took place at St. Andrew by the Wardrobe, London, on July 11th 1615. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Golybey, which was dated March 7th 1557, christened at Tamworth, Staffordshire, during the reign of Queen Mary, known as "Bloody Mary", 1553 - 1558. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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My Golbys were travellers/gypsies travelling between Dorking in Surrey and Hawkhurst in Kent during the 18th and 19th centuries. It is possible that they were actually genuine gypsies although that has not been verified. If any one has any connections to Golbys from this (wide) area I would love to know - I have quite a bit of info already. Anne

Lee Golby
Hi Anne, my names Lee Golby and my fathers side are travilers now living around the reading area, apparently some ancestors wher prize fighters and fairground owners, if you have any more info on this it would be much appreciated as from what I've been told my grandfather owned a lot of land in Devon but was taken from him by the local authorities thanks for your time cuz lol

Hi Lee, Forgot I left this message!! I don't have any connections to Berkshire or Devon that I know of or to fairgrounds. Do you have any names/dates? all the best, Anne

Tarisa Golby
I am Tarisa Golby there is a large family of Golbys in Alberta, Canada. Traced back to when John Golby immigrated here in the 1890's or early 1900's from England it is believed, likely wales. And info email

Leona Taylor
Hello Tarisa, my mother taught at Craft school in the late 1930s. One of her pupils was Johnny Golby. I have just found some photos of a visit they made to Johnny Golby's farm in the 1950s. Is this your family? If so I will scan the photos and send them to you. LT

Tarisa golby

I can't be sure Do you have any more info? The dating seems a bit late for my john Golby.

My Great Grandmothers name was Emily Violet Churm her mothers surname was Golby she married my Grandfather who was a Price cant find out her first name so far or where she is from but she gave birth to my Grandmother in Wolverhampton and my dads side are from Wales not far away.

Chelsy Golby(Mother's Surname)

My grandfather was a Johnny Golby and he lived in Alberta, Canada. Born December 4th, 1934 and passed away January 30th, 2012.

Jamie Golby
This is directed at Lois Wilson: I **think** that I am descended from Bertie and Hannah - I have a different spelling of her last name and both of them born in NY, NY but it seems likely that these are my great, great grandparents! I am descended through their son Bert. =D Any information that I can give you about this branch I would be happy to and any information that you have about their parents etc I would love to have! Jamie

I am laure Golby, I'm french, but most of my paternal family come from england. The grand father of my father was in the Royal army, 2nd lieutenant, 4th batallion, Sussex regiment

Hi Laure, My Golbys travelled across Sussex in the late 18th and 19th centuries before mainly settling in the Brighton area. What were the names and dates of birth of your paternal line - I may be able to give you more info. All the best.

Keith Golby
I am compiling a family tree for my daughter, Rebecca Louise, I am Keith Golby, born in Great Barr, Birmingham,England in 1951.