Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Godslande, Gosland, Gossland
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
Contact: Mr Peter Armstrong
I have registered the variants Gosland, Gossland and Godslande.
However, many other variants, 'deviants', mis-spellings and mis-transcriptions have been found. These include:
Gadsland, Gausland, Goasland, Goddesland, Goddislond, Goddysland, Godeslond, Godgland, Godland, Goggalond, Goggislonde, Goosland, Gosdland, Goseland, Goslande, Goslend, Goslind, Gosseland, Gousland, Gozland.
The name also appears sometimes as Gosling and Goslin although these I would not consider to be true variants. There is also one strange case where a Godsland family gradually changed to Godland and then Goodland, moving to Cornwall in the process!
There are 116 Godsland and variants recorded in the 1881 census index giving a frequency of 1 in 257,703 or 0.0004% of the population.
It is estimated that there are about 120 Godsland and variants alive today in England & Wales. This is a frequency of 1 in 433,682 or 0.0002% of the population.
Certainly the number of Godslands is shrinking as the population of England & Wales has more than doubled from just under 26 million in 1881 to a little over 52 million in 2001.
For more information and a Dynamic Family Tree of the majority of linked Godsland's see the Godsland One-Name Study website.
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