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 an 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.

Important Dates for 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, 1562, 1633, 1594, 1665, 1603, 1674, 1641, 1660, 1695, 1677, 1654, 1655, 1659, 1600, 1680, 1597 and 1890 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 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...
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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 83 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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
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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
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