This surname of was originally derived from the Old English word GUOLAC, composed of the elements 'guo' (battle) and 'lac' meaning 'sport and play'. The name was brought into England during the Norman Invasion of 1066, and has numerous variant spellings which include Gulick, Goodlake, Goodluck, Goodlock, Cutlock and Gullickson. The name Cutlack is recorded on the north Norfolk coast in 1415 and later in the 15th century is found quite commonly in Norwich and on the Isle of Ely, along with the variant Cutlock. GOTLAC (without surname) was recorded as a tenant-in-chief in the Domesday Book of 1086, and appears to be the first of the name on record. Robertus filius Guthlach is in record in Lancashire in 1187, and Symon Goddeloc appears in 1247 in Canterbury. John Gudloc was documented in 1253 in County Yorkshire. The rise of surnames, according to the accepted theory, was due to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is often assumed that men 'adopted' their surnames. Some certainly did, but the individual himself had no need for a label to distinguish him from his fellows. The development of the feudal system made it essential that the king should know exactly what service each knight owed. Payments to and by the exchequer required that debtors and creditors should be particularized. Monasteries drew up surveys and extents with details of tenants of all classes in their services. Any description which identified the man was satisfactory, his father's name, the name of his land, or a nickname known to be his. The upper classes mostly illiterate, were those with whom the officials were chiefly concerned and among them surnames first became numerous and hereditary. Other records of the name mention John Gudloc, who appears in County Cambridge in the year 1273. Guthlac Cordall was the rector of Colteshall, County Norfolk in 1556.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard
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