Goodge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goodge family

The surname Goodge was first found in Roxburghshire. One of the first records of the name was found in France alluding to its Norman heritage: Martin Gouge (c. 1360-1444), a French chancellor.

However, some of the family were found further south at Billesley in Warwickshire in early times. "The estate was afterwards possessed by Bishop Sherlock, through whose sister, who married Sir Thomas Gooch (1674-1754), Bishop of Ely, it passed into the Gooch family." [1]

Early History of the Goodge family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodge research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1165, 1614, 1746, 1540, 1594, 1575, 1653, 1643, 1681, 1751, 1727, 1749, 1730, 1674, 1754, 1540, 1594, 1578, 1653, 1575, 1578, 1630, 1705, 1609, 1681, 1609, 1665 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Goodge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodge Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Googh, Gouche, Gowk, Googe, Gooch, Gooche and others.

Early Notables of the Goodge family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir John Gooch of Suffolk; Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), an English poet and translator; William Gouge (1575-1653), an English clergyman and author, minister and preacher at St Ann Blackfriars, member of the Westminster Assembly from 1643; Sir William Gooch (1681-1751), 1st Baronet, born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Governor of Virginia (1727-1749) responsible for the passage of the Tobacco Inspection Act of 1730, eponym of Goochland County, Virginia; Sir Thomas Gooch, 2nd Baronet (1674-1754), an English bishop, brother to Sir William. Barnabe Googe (1540-1594), was an English poet, son of Robert Googe, recorder of...
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Goodge migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goodge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Goodge, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Hungerford"

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodge (post 1700) +

  • Rian Goodge, American stuntman and actor, known for his work on X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Knowing (2009) and I, Frankenstein (2014)
  • John W. Goodge, American Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, University of Minnesota, Duluth, eponym of Goodge Col, Antarctica
  • William Thomas Goodge (1862-1909), English writer and journalist, and immigrant to Australia in 1882, best known for his books "The Great Australian Adjective", and "The Oozlum Bird"


The Goodge 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: Audaces juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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