Goodacre History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goodacre family

The surname Goodacre was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where Godeboldus was the first record of the family. [1]

Later, Adara filius Goboldi was listed in Essex and later again, William Godebald was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls for Bedfordshire in 1206 . Early Devon records include Henry Gobaud, Gubaut there in 1242 and later, John Gobaut was listed in Wales in 1316. A year later, back in Essex, John Godebold was listed in the Feet of Fines in 1317. [2]

Early History of the Goodacre family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodacre research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1242, 1455, 1487, 1721, 1778, 1759, 1648, 1604, 1611, 1627, 1636, 1647, 1553, 1548 and 1549 are included under the topic Early Goodacre History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodacre Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godbold, Goodbold, Godbald, Godball, Goodball, Gobat, Godbolt, Goodbolt, Goodbow and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodacre family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Robert Goadby (1721-1778), English printer and compiler, of Sherborne, Dorsetshire. "He was an indefatigable bookmaker. His greatest production was the ‘Illustration of the Holy Scriptures,’ in three large folio volumes (1759). Goadby also compiled and printed a popular book entitled ‘The Christian's Instructor and Pocket Companion, extracted from the Holy Scriptures,’ which was approved by Bishop Sherlock. [3] John Godbolt (d. 1648), was an English judge from a family settled at Toddington, Suffolk. ". He was admitted a member of Barnard's Inn on 2 May, and of Gray's Inn 16 Nov., 1604, and was called to...
Another 105 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodacre Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Goodacre migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goodacre Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Goodacre, aged 22, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [4]

New Zealand Goodacre migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goodacre Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alfred R. Goodacre, aged 45, a shoemaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mary A. Goodacre, aged 50, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Frederick Goodacre, aged 20, a shoemaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Mary Goodacre, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • Hal Goodacre, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodacre (post 1700) +

  • Glenna Maxey Goodacre (1939-2020), American sculptor, best known for having designed the obverse of the Sacagawea dollar and the Vietnam Women's Memorial, mother of 1980s supermodel Jill Goodacre
  • James Goodacre, American politician, Representative from Connecticut 1st District, 1894 [5]
  • Jill Goodacre Connick (b. 1964), American actress and former model, one of Victoria's Secret's main models in the 1980s and early 1990s, married to singer Harry Connick Jr


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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