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Where did the English Goodley family come from? What is the English Goodley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Goodley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Goodley family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Godley, Godlee, Godlie, Godly, Godleigh, Godlay, Godelay, Godelegh, Goodleigh, Goodley, Goodlay, Goodlie, Goodlee, Godby, Godbey and many more.
First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodley research. Another 249 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1455, 1487 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Goodley History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Goodley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Goodley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Goodley Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
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: Sans Dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God, nothing.
The Goodley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodley 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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