The saga of the Goodbran family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. The Goodbran name is derived from the Old Norse personal name Guthbrand.
Early Origins of the Goodbran family
The surname Goodbran was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
, where they held a family seat
, some say, as early as the 12th century.
Early History of the Goodbran family
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Goodbran Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Goodbran has appeared Goodbrand, Goodbrang, Goodbran, Goodbairn, Gweebran and many more.
Early Notables of the Goodbran family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodbran family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Goodbran: John Goodbarne settled in Virginia in 1635.