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The history of the name Goodwin begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Godwin.

Goodwin Early Origins



The surname Goodwin was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Godwin or Godwine (d. 1053) was an earl of Wessex, chief adviser to King Canute, who held great wealth and lands in those times. His son Harold Godwinson (circa 1022-1066) was Harold II of England, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, killed on October 14 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. Godwin, or Godwine was also the name of an 11th century Bishop of Lichfield, who died in 1020.

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Goodwin Spelling Variations


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Goodwin Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Goodwin has been recorded under many different variations, including Godwin, Goodwin, Goodin, Gooding, Goodings, Goodwyn, Godwyn, Godwine, Goodwine, Goddwin, Goddwyn, Goddywne and many more.

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Goodwin Early History


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Goodwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodwin research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1219, 1296, 1177, 1273, 1327, 1500, 1562, 1633, 1594, 1665, 1603, 1674, 1641, 1660, 1695, 1677, 1654, 1655, 1659, 1600, 1680, 1597 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Goodwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Francis Godwin (1562-1633), English divine, Bishop of Llandaff and of Hereford; John Goodwin (1594-1665), an English preacher, theologian and prolific author; John Goodwin (1603-1674), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1641 and 1660, supporter of the...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodwin In Ireland


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Goodwin In Ireland



Some of the Goodwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Goodwin or a variant listed above:

Goodwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mrs. Goodwin settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • Christopher Goodwin settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1640
  • Adam Goodwin who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1641
  • Christopher Goodwin, who came to Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Daniel Goodwin, who settled in Maine in 1652

Goodwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edwin Goodwin, who settled in Maryland in 1731
  • Catherine Goodwin, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1770

Goodwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Goodwin, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Edward Goodwin, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Goodwin, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Goodwin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • Sarah Goodwin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Goodwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Goodwin, aged 49, a stock keeper, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Goodwin, aged 43, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • James Goodwin, aged 16, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Jane Goodwin, aged 11, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • George Goodwin, aged 9, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodwin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodwin (post 1700)



  • Godfrey Gummer Goodwin (1873-1933), American Republican politician, Isanti County Attorney, 1899-1907, 1912-25; U.S. Representative from Minnesota 10th District, 1925-33
  • Leo Budd Goodwin (1883-1957), American gold and two time bronze Olympic medalist for swimming at the 1904 and 1908 games
  • Thomas Jones Goodwin (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin (b. 1943), born Doris Helen Kearns, American Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, historian, and political commentator
  • Archie Goodwin (1937-1998), American comic book writer, editor, and artist
  • Robert W. "Bob" Goodwin, Australian-born, American television producer and director best known for his work as senior executive producer of The X-Files
  • Charles Tod Goodwin (b. 1997), American former NFL football end
  • Alfred Theodore Goodwin (b. 1923), American senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Richard M. Goodwin (1913-1996), American mathematician and economist who developed the "Goodwin model"
  • Jennifer Michelle "Ginnifer" Goodwin (b. 1978), American People's Choice Award winning, two-time Ten Choice Award nominated television and film actress
  • ... (Another 137 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Goodwin Historic Events


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Goodwin Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Master Thomas Alfred  Goodwin (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Mary F.  Goodwin (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Minnie  Goodwin (1884-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Neil Francis Goodwin (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Wilfred James Goodwin (1915-1941), Australian Able Seaman from East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Rose Goodwin, American 3rd Class passenger from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick Joseph Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 42, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Augusta Goodwin (d. 1912), (née Tyler), aged 43, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Lillian Amy Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 16, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Edward Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 14, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Master William Frederick Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 13, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Goodwin


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Suggested Readings for the name Goodwin



  • Godwin by Jamie Ault Grady.
  • Godwin-Hill and Related Families by Ruth Godwin Gadbury.

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Motto


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Motto



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: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Goodwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodwin 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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