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Where did the English Goodwin family come from? What is the English Goodwin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Goodwin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Goodwin family history?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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
Goodwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Goodwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Goodwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th 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: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.
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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