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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.

Early Origins of the Goodchild family

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.

Early History of the Goodchild family

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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.

Early Notables of the Goodchild family (pre 1700)

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United States Goodchild migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Richard Goodchild who settled in Virginia in 1623 with his wife and daughter
  • Robert Goodchild, who arrived in Maryland in 1661 [1]
Goodchild Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Goodchild, who settled in New England in 1715
  • Elizabeth and Hester Goodchild, who settled in Virginia in 1721
  • Francis Goodchild, who arrived in Virginia in 1727 [1]
Goodchild Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Goodchild, who landed in New York in 1827 [1]
  • William Goodchild, aged 22, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • James and Robert Goodchild, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Australia Goodchild migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [2]
  • Rebecca Goodchild, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Samuel Boddington" in 1850 [3]

New Zealand Goodchild migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goodchild Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Goodchild, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Merchantman' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 6th September 1855 [4]

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)
  • Tim Goodchild, English three-time Laurence Olivier Award winning set and costume designer
  • Ronald Cedric Osbourne "Ronnie" Goodchild (1910-1998), English prelate, Bishop of Kensington (1964–1980)
  • Peter Goodchild CChem FRSC (b. 1939), former BBC television editor and producer of the popular 1980s BBC science series Q.E.D
  • Gary Goodchild (b. 1958), English former footballer who played from 1974 to 1985 and managed Byrne FK (1993-1994)
  • John Charles Goodchild (1898-1980), English-born, Australian painter and art educator in South Australia
  • Chloe Goodchild, English musician, performer and recording artist, founder of The Naked Voice
  • Johnny Goodchild (b. 1939), English professional footballer from Sherburn Hill, County Durham; he played from 1957 to 1968
  • Andrew James "Jim" Goodchild (1892-1950), English football goalkeeper from Southampton who played from 1909 to 1929
  • David John Goodchild (b. 1976), former English cricketer for the Middlesex Cricket Board (1999-2000) and Middlesex (1996-1999)
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The Goodchild 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.

  1. 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)
  2. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from
  3. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SAMUEL BODDINGTON 1850. Retrieved
  4. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook