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The ancient history of the name Goodfellow dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a good companion. 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.

Goodfellow Early Origins



The surname Goodfellow was first found in Essex 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.

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Goodfellow Spelling Variations


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Goodfellow Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Goodfellow include Goodfellow, Goodfelow and others.

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Goodfellow Early History


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Goodfellow Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodfellow research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodfellow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodfellow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodfellow Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodfellow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goodfellow or a variant listed above:

Goodfellow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Goodfellow, aged 30, landed in Missouri in 1840
  • David Goodfellow, aged 33, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • James Goodfellow, aged 22, landed in Missouri in 1847
  • S D Goodfellow, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • S S Goodfellow, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Goodfellow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Goodfellow, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Charles Felix Goodfellow, aged 33, a tailor, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • John Goodfellow, aged 26, a schoolmaster, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • Catherine Goodfellow, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • William Goodfellow, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Goodfellow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Goodfellow landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Goodfellow arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865
  • Henry Goodfellow arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodfellow (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodfellow (post 1700)



  • Geoff Goodfellow (b. 1956), American inventor of the wireless communicator, a product called RadioMail in 1992 and entered into a partnership with Research in Motion, RAM Mobile Data, and Ericsson
  • William Goodfellow (b. 1947), American founding member and Executive director of the Center for International Policy
  • Charles Augustus Goodfellow VC CB (1836-1915), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Marc Goodfellow (b. 1981), English professional footballer
  • Jimmy Goodfellow (b. 1943), former English professional footballer and manager
  • Major-General Howard Courtney Goodfellow (1898-1983), British Deputy Director of Supplies & Transport (1943-1944)
  • Ebbie Goodfellow, Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Michael Goodfellow (b. 1941), British professor in Microbial Systematics
  • Ebbie Goodfellow (1906-1985), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Goodfellow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodfellow Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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