The ancient Normans
that arrived in England
following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Goodenough family have grown. The name Goodenough was given to a member of the family who was a person who's achievements were "good enough." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Goodenough family
The surname Goodenough was first found in Cumberland
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Goodenough family
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Goodenough Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Goodenough include Goodenough, Goodenowe, Goodenuff and others.
Early Notables of the Goodenough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodenough family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Goodenoughs to arrive on North American shores:
Goodenough Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Goodenough, who settled in New England in 1686
Goodenough Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Goodenough, who landed in New York in 1844 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Goodenough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- James Goodenough, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
Contemporary Notables of the name Goodenough (post 1700)
- Florence Laura Goodenough (1886-1959), American pioneering child psychologist
- John B Goodenough, American professor of mechanical and electrical engineering at The University of Texas
- Sir William Macnamara Goodenough (1899-1951), Baronet
- Sir William Edmund Goodenough (1867-1945), Admiral
- Ursula W Goodenough, Professor of Biology at the University of Washington in St. Louis
Historic Events for the Goodenough family
- Mr. Herbert H Goodenough (b. 1914), English Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Northfleet, Strood, Kent, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
- Mr. Michael Grant Goodenough, British Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html