Goodbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goodbay family

The surname Goodbay 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 Goodbay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodbay 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 Goodbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodbay 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 Goodbay 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 Goodbay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Goodbay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..



  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


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