While Golden is the most common spelling, there are at least 20 different variations of the name from kin with origin in the United Kingdom:
de Golding, Galden, Gaulden, Gauldin, Gaulding, Goin, Going, Goings, Golan, Golder, Goldey, Goldie, Goldy, Goldin, Goldinc (the oldest known!), Golding, Goldinge, Gouldman, Goldney, Goldon, Goldric, Goldwin, Goldwyn, Goldyng, Goldynge, Golen, Golemon, Golmon, Golton, Gooldy, Gooling, Goolding, Gordon, Gordy, Goulden, Goulding, Gouldinge, Gouldney, Gouldon, Gulden, Guldin, and Guldon.
Gualtney and Gwaltney from Virginia — Welsh origins: How Gwaltney became Golden— Am interested in any Y-DNA testing results for your family. Contact me at Norfolk1956@Gmail.com
Celtic and Irish origins – names which became some form of Golden: Mag Ualghairg, MacGoldrick, McGoldrick, Gallen, Goldrick, Ó Goilidhe, Ó Goilín, Ó Goillín, O’Gullin, and Ó Gallín.
Jewish, German and Eastern European origins — these names remain in common use, although some families have Anglicized their family name to Golden: Gold, Goldbart, Goldbaum, Goldberg, Goldberger, Goldblatt, Goldblitt, Goldblum, Goldbrunn, Golde, Golden, Goldenbaum, Goldenberg, Goldenthal, Goldfarb, Goldfeder, Goldfish, Goldfluss, Goldhaber, Goldhammer, Goldheim, Goldhirsch, Goldich, Golding (almost always from Latvia area), Goldkorn, Goldkrantz, Goldkraut, Goldmann, Goldmann, Goldmark, Goldner, Goldreich, Goldsand, Goldscheider, Goldschild, Goldschlag, Goldschmidt, Goldsmith, Goldstadt, Goldstaub, Goldstein, Goldstern, Goldstrand, Goldstrom, Goldzweig
Time does not allow me to track all of the names above to the degree that I wish. Yet, across time I have taken some notes about many of them. My focus tends to be on ancestry in the United Kingdom and Ireland and those that immigrated from there.