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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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodenough research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodenough History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In England 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

Goodenough Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Goodenough arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1883
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  • 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
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Goodenough Historic Events



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  • Mr. Herbert H Goodenough (b. 1914), English Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Northfleet, Strood, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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  • Mr. Michael Grant Goodenough, British Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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