The Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames gives the earliest record of our surname as William de GOSEDENN at Slaugham, Sussex, England in 1296. Other entries areJohn GOSEDEN, 1364 and Nicholas GOSEDEN, 1525. Slaugham is only 18 miles from Arlington to where many Gosdens, including my ancestors, have been traced. The earliest record I have there is 1661. It would seem not unlikely that William de GOSEDENN is a common ancestor to many of us as before the coming of the railways there was little movement of the population. 18 miles in 365 years would seem reasonable. Has anyone done any research from this point forward?