This interesting name, with variant spellings Gosset and Gossett, is of French Huguenot origin and derives from the Olde French 'gosse', literally meaning 'kid' i.e. a young boy or girl, plus the diminutive suffix 'et(t)'. The name is widely recorded in London church registers from the mid 17th Century, (see below), a time when thousands of French Huguenot refugees entered England to escape religious persecutions in their own country. On September 28th 1645 David, son of Jacob Gosset and Jenne Suthon, was christened in the French Huguenot Church, Threadneedle Street, and on September 25th 1709 Isaac Gosset, an infant, was christened in St. Jean, French Huguenot church, Spitalfields. Charles Fredric Gossett was married in St. Marylebone Church, St. Marylebone Road, in June 1723 and Thomas Stephen Gozzett was christened on July 31st 1816 in the above church. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Benjamin Gosset, which was dated September 16th 1641 - The French Huguenot Church Threadneedle Street, London, during the reign of King Charles I, 'The Martyr', 1625 - 1649. 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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