This early surname, first recorded in the rolls of the Christian Crusaders of the 12th century, (see below), is generally accepted as being a locational and originating fron the the villages of Goldstone in Kent or the similarly named village in Staffordshire. The origin in both cases is the same being Olde English pre 7th century, the derivation is from the descriptive 'Golda's tun' with 'Golda' being a female baptismal name and 'tun', a farm or hamlet. Sadly there is no evidence that 'gold' was ever discovered at any of these places! Perhaps surprisingly the surname has developed many spelling forms. These include Goldston, Goldstone, Gouldstone, Golston, Goulstone, Goulston, Goldson, Golson, and the rare Gulston and Guslon. All are dialectal, and as such were probably given to former inhabitants of the villages after they moved to other areas, even if this was only the next village. Early examples of the surname recording include Robert Goldstan in the 1202 Rolls of Bedford, and Walter Goldstan in the 1214 Curia Regis Rolls of Berkshire. In 1312 Roberts Goldstone is recorded in the London Calendar Rolls, whilst in 1524 Thomas Golston (also recorded as Golson), appears in the 1524 Subsidy Rolls of Suffolk. The coat of arms granted in (Salop) Shropshire has the blazon of a red field, on a chevron between three silver saltires, a black annulet. The crest is a Minervas head proper. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Golstan, which was dated 1185, the Knight Templars Roll for the county of Essex, during the reign of King Henry 11, known as 'The church builder', 1154 - 1189. 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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