English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.


Early-attested site in the Parish of Romford Rural

Historical Forms

  • Gos(h)aye 1334 Fine 1335
  • Gosayes 1378 HPD
  • Gos(s)ayes alias Gosaus, Gosoys 1448–54 Inqaqd 1460 IpmR
  • Goscys, Goseyes 1500–15 ECP


Gooshays is Gos (h )aye 1334 Fine, 1335 Cl, Ipm. 'Goose enclosure,' v. gos , (ge)hæg. Owing to the prominence of a family whose surname was derived from this place, the name early became manorial in form, Gosayes 1378 HPD, Gos (s )ayes alias Gosaus , Gosoys 1448–54 Inq aqd, 1460 IpmR, Goscys , Goseyes 1500–15 ECP.