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Where did the English Good family come from? What is the English Good family crest and coat of arms? When did the Good family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Good family history?The history of the name Good goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person who performed good deeds or acts of kindness. The surname Good belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Good family name include Good, Goode, Goad, Goade, Gudd, Gude, Legood and many more.
First found in Kent, Sussex and Wiltshire, where the name God was found in the Domesday Book. Other early records include Gilbert le Gode in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire in 1212; Robert Gode in the Assize Rolls of Gloucester of 1221; and Thomas le Goude in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex of 1327.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Good research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1402, 1537, 1600, 1527, 1581, 1576, 1638, 1671, 1609, 1678, 1692 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Good History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 193 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Good Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Good family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Good or a variant listed above:
Good Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Good Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Good Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Good Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Good Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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