of 1066. It comes from the given names
which were popular medieval names of Germanic origin.
where they were granted land by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The name was derived from Goudier, and was first recorded in the
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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goodheer family name include Goodyear, Goodier and others.
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Goodheer family to immigrate North America: Stephen Goodyear, a London merchant, who landed in New Haven in 1638. In 1641 he was appointed Deputy Governor of Connecticut. A. and W.B. Goodyear settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850 and 1852 respectively.