Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Gusch, Gushe
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
Contact: Mrs Dee Helmore
The pronunciation of the name usually appears to rhyme with 'rush' though those in our branch of the family insist on a pronunciation to rhyme with 'bush'. Current research has shown the variant Gushe appears mainly in early documents dating from 15c to 17c, but the recently added variant Gusch, often spelt Güsch, occurs from 16c to the present day, giving the study a broader base.
Several references to Gushe, many of whom were Quakers, have been traced to the Bristol, south Gloucestershire and north Somerset area in the 16c. One branch also settled in south east Devon at the beginning of the 17c and many of the present day holders of the name descend from this branch. At the time of the 1881 census instances of the name are found in all the counties along the south coast of England, in London, with a scattering in Yorkshire and central Scotland. Descendants have subsequently settled worldwide.
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