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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodbran research. Another 188 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1716, 1721, and 1745 are included under the topic Early Goodbran History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Goodbran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, 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.

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The Goodbran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodbran 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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