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Early Origins of the Goodbody family

The surname Goodbody 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 Goodbody family

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

Goodbody 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 Goodbody 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...
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United States Goodbody migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodbody Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ann Goodbody, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1729 [4]
Goodbody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fred Goodbody, aged 22, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1874 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodbody (post 1700) +

  • Harold Goodbody (1906-1988), American director of Goodbody & Company, founded by his grandfather in the 1880s which was once Wall Street's fifth-largest stock brokerage firm but collapsed in the paper-work morass in 1970
  • LeRoy Goodbody, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944 [5]
  • Mary Ann "Buzz" Goodbody (1946-1975), English theatre director
  • James Perry Goodbody (1877-1952), Irish politician from County Limerick
  • Tim Goodbody (b. 1983), Irish sailor at the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Manliff Francis Goodbody (1868-1916), Irish tennis player who played Wimbledon in 1889 and 1893 and noted footballer killed in World War I
  • General Sir Richard Wakefield Goodbody GCB KBE DSO (1903-1981), British Adjutant-General to the Forces (1960-1963) [6]

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John W Goodbody (b. 1917), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Sedgefield, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [7]

  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. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from
  6. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Richard Goodbody. Retrieved from
  7. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook