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Surname:  Gould
Branch:  Gould
Origins:  British
More Info:  England

Background:  The name Gould is of Anglo-Saxon and refers to the side of contrast we have - White, Bright, Gold and Fair in all of which the association of blond colouring and beauty are closely linked. Its meaning in the surname period was nearer to 'beautiful' than blond, and it is found more often in compounds like Fairfax (fair hair), or Fairbairn (pretty child), than alone. Bright and Gold (or Gould) both refer generally to the shining golden hair that was much admired.

Motto:  A Nilo victoria, Victory from the Nile.
Arms:  Per saltier, az. and or, a lion, rampant, counterchanged.
Crest:  An arm, vested vert, holding in the hand ppr. a banner or, charged with three bars, wavy, az. on a canton ar. a rose gu.

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Name Variations:  Gould, Goold, Gold, Gilder.

One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
English Surnames; C.M. Matthews - 1966.
A Dictionary of English Surnames; P.H. Reaney - 1958.

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