Gooden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gooden surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Godwin.

Early Origins of the Gooden family

The surname Gooden was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Godwin or Godwine (d. 1053) was the Earl of Wessex, chief adviser to King Canute, who held great wealth and lands in those times. His son Harold Godwinson (circa 1022-1066) was Harold II of England, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, killed on October 14 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. Godwin, or Godwine was also the name of an 11th century Bishop of Lichfield, who died in 1020. [1]

Early History of the Gooden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gooden research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1219, 1296, 1177, 1273, 1327, 1500, 1517, 1590, 1517, 1562, 1633, 1594, 1665, 1603, 1674, 1641, 1660, 1695, 1677, 1654, 1655, 1659, 1600, 1680, 1605, 1662, 1605, 1719, 1670, 1730, 1670, 1695, 1597 and are included under the topic Early Gooden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gooden Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Gooden are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Gooden include: Godwin, Goodwin, Goodin, Gooding, Goodings, Goodwyn, Godwyn, Godwine, Goodwine, Goddwin, Goddwyn, Goddywne and many more.

Early Notables of the Gooden family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Godwin (1517-1590), Bishop of Bath and Wells, born in 1517 at Oakingham, Berkshire, of poor parents; Francis Godwin (1562-1633), English divine, Bishop of Llandaff and of Hereford; John Goodwin (1594-1665), an English preacher, theologian and prolific author; John Goodwin (1603-1674), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1641 and 1660, supporter of the Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War; Peter Gooden (died 1695), an English Roman Catholic priest; Thomas Godwin (died 1677), a Virginia politician and landowner, served in the House of Burgesses 1654-1655...
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gooden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Gooden family to Ireland

Some of the Gooden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Gooden 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:

Gooden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ellis Gooden, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Lennard Gooden, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Philip Gooden, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Gooden, aged 26, a sawyer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • John Gooden, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gooden (post 1700) +

  • Stacy-Ann Gooden, American model and journalist
  • Lance Gooden (1982-2003), American politician, Member of the Texas House of Representatives (2003)
  • Tavares Gooden (b. 1984), American NFL football linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Sam Gooden (1934-1991), African-American soul singer, best known for being an original member of the group The Impressions, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1991)
  • Tiffany Gooden (b. 1975), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Andrew Melvin "Drew" Gooden (b. 1981), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Dwight Eugene "Doc" Gooden (1964-1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher, recipient of the Cy Young Award (1985), and the Triple Crown (1985)
  • Arthur Henry Gooden (1879-1971), English silent film screenwriter who wrote for 53 films between 1916 and 1937
  • Ty Gooden (b. 1972), English former professional football midfielder
  • William Francis Charles "Bill" Gooden (1923-1998), Canadian NHL and AHL ice hockey left winger


The Gooden 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: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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