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Where did the English Goodale family come from? What is the English Goodale family crest and coat of arms? When did the Goodale family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Goodale family history?

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 added many new elements to an already vibrant culture. Among these were thousands of new names. The Goodale family lived in Yorkshire, which was the largest county in northern England and was divided into three administrative ridings, North Riding, West Riding, and East Riding. It was bordered by the counties of Durham, Westmoreland, Lancashire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The town of York was the military capital of Roman Britain, the capital of Northumbria, and was the seat of an Archbishop. Yorkshire was also the home of the House of York, which was an English royal dynasty from 1461 to 1485. The reigning members of the House of York were Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III. Their rivalry with the House of Lancaster resulted in the Wars of the Roses, which lasted from 1455 to 1485 and ended when the Lancastrian Henry VII united the two houses by marrying Elizabeth, the daughter of Edward IV.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Goodall, Goodale, Godall, Godale, Goodell and others.

First found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodale research. Another 190 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1706 and 1766 are included under the topic Early Goodale History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Goodale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Goodale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 108 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Goodale or a variant listed above:

Goodale Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Abraham Goodale who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634
  • Robert Goodale settled in Salem in 1634
  • Abraham Goodale, aged 2, landed in New England in 1634
  • Isaacke Goodale, who arrived in New England in 1634
  • Mary Goodale, aged 4, arrived in America in 1634


Goodale Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Goodale settled in Boston in 1716

Goodale Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • I S Goodale, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Dora Goodale (1866-1915), American poet, sister of Elaine Goodale
  • Elaine Goodale (1863-1953), American poet, sister of Dora Goodale
  • George Lincoln Goodale (1839-1923), American botanist, President of the American Society of Naturalists and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1889)
  • James Goodale (b. 1933), former General Counsel and Vice Chairman of The New York Times
  • Ralph Edward Goodale (b. 1949), Canadian politician, Minister of Finance from 2003 to 2006
  • Melvyn Goodale PhD, FRSC, Canadian neuroscientist, Director of the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario


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  • Goodale-Goodell Forebears by Helena M. Goodale Hargrave.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours fidele
Motto Translation: Always faithful.

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The Goodale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodale 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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