To anyone researching the Gosse surname: You may not be aware, but there is a rather substantial part of the family currently residing in England. My Grandfather, Albert Edward Gosse came to England from Newfoundland in Canada during the war and left four sons and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren bearing the Gosse name. I have visited Newfoundland where I was astonished to find that half of the Island seemed to have our surname (Ma Gosse's Bar, Gosse's Taxis etc.). My father has several cousins in Newfoundland, although the male line of our family now seems strongest here in England where there are many of us! The name is probably French in origin (it means baby or orphan) and I have it on good authority that French settlers leaving Poole in Dorset emigrated sometime around the mid 17th century. Apparently, a common ancestor to everyone on Newfoundland was Robert Gosse, but I will look into this. Spaniards Bay in Newfoundland is a great place to start your search I would think. In addition, I have an aunt, uncle and cousins living in Pentiction B.C. Canada. I read somewhere that Staffordshire (where I live) and Northern England also have ties with the name (possibly with a Norman connection. I hope that I have been of some help. I have only just begun to scratch the surface of this absorbing subject and am more than willing to exchange ideas. My own family reads: Angie my wife, Josiah William and Benjamin Nicholas Gosse (2 and 6 months respectively).
Jon Gosse 15.2.00