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

The Goodrum surname is thought to derive from an Old Norse personal name.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Gooderham, Goderham, Goodram, Goodrum, Gudram, Gudderham, Guderam and many more.

First found in Lincolnshire 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 year 1200 where they held estates. The name is descended from King Alfred's great Danish enemy Guthrum, first King of East Anglia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodrum research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Goodrum History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Goodram, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1719; Henry Gooderham and Mary Gooderham, bonded passengers, who came to America in 1758; William Gooderham, who came to America in 1741.

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  • Randy Goodrum (b. 1947), American songwriter
  • Charles Leo Goodrum (b. 1950), American guard and offensive tackle in the National Football League
  • Alexander John Goodrum (1960-2002), African American transgender civil rights activist
  • Robert Goodrum (b. 1962), American professional baseball player


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