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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Goodkin came from from the baptismal name for the son of Godmund.

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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 Goodkin family name include Goodman, Goodmann and others.

First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodkin research. Another 129 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1601, 1601, 1583, 1656, 1649, 1699 and are included under the topic Early Goodkin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 77 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Goodkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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. Early immigrants bearing the Goodkin surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robart Goodman, who came to Virginia in 1619; John Goodman who sailed on the "Mayflower" and arrived in 1620 at Plymouth, Massachusetts; Richard Goodman, who settled in Cambridge in 1632 and was later Constable of Hartford Conn..

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