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Goodchild is a name of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was referred to as the good child. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Goodchild was originally from the Old English word Godchild and referred to a person who was good person and well liked. The surname was also used to refer to the godchild of an important member of the community.

Goodchild Early Origins



The surname Goodchild was first found in Durham where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Goodchild Spelling Variations


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Goodchild Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Goodchild were recorded, including Goodchild, Goodchilde and others.

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Goodchild Early History


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Goodchild Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodchild research. Another 292 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodchild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodchild Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodchild Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Goodchild Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Goodchild family emigrate to North America:

Goodchild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Goodchild, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • Richard Goodchild who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife and daughter
  • Robert Goodchild, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

Goodchild Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Goodchild settled in New England in 1715
  • Elizabeth and Hester Goodchild settled in Virginia in 1721
  • Francis Goodchild, who arrived in Virginia in 1727

Goodchild Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Goodchild, who landed in New York in 1827
  • William Goodchild, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1855
  • James and Robert Goodchild arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Goodchild Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Catherine Goodchild, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • Rebecca Goodchild arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodchild (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodchild (post 1700)



  • Michael Frank Goodchild (b. 1944), British-American geographer, recipient of the Royal Geographical Society's Founder's Medal (2003)
  • Rosemary Goodchild, English cricket player who played a test match for England women's cricket team in 1966
  • David John Goodchild (b. 1976), former English cricketer
  • Johnny Goodchild (b. 1939), English professional footballer
  • Ronald Cedric Osbourne Goodchild, the seventh Anglican Bishop of Kensington (1964 to 1980)
  • Andrew James "Jim" Goodchild (1892-1950), English football goalkeeper
  • William Goodchild (b. 1964), English musician and composer
  • Nicola Goodchild, British actress

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vincit omnia veritas
Motto Translation: Truth conquers all things.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

  1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  7. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Goodchild Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodchild 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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