Goodheer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Goodheer is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the given names Gudhir, or Gudvar, which were popular medieval names of Germanic origin. [1]

Another source notes that the name could have originated from the Middle English goodyeare, goodier, goodere, goodye(e)re meaning 'good year', as in "an expletive used in questions, 'What the good year?' Possibly elliptic for 'as I hope to have a good year' " [2]

The Domesday Book of 1086 has the first record of the family as Godere and Goderus (Latin). [3]

Early Origins of the Goodheer family

The surname Goodheer was first found in Huntingdonshire, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Cest' Godyer. [4]

"Goodyear, which is now a Lincolnshire name, was represented 600 years ago by Godyer in the adjacent county of Huntingdonshire." [5]

John Godeyer, was listed in the Close Rolls, 10 Richard II (during the tenth year of Richard II's reign.)

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Goddeyere; Simon Godeycre, smyth; and Willelmus Godcyere as all holding lands there at that time. [4]

Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) the American inventor and patent holder of vulcanized rubber was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His father was a descendant of Stephen Goodyear (c. 1598-1658) born in London, who emigrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration.

Early History of the Goodheer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodheer research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1285, 1301, 1296, 1301, 1327, 1456, 1467, 1513, 1566, 1682, 1327, 1500, 1613, 1626, 1627, 1636, 1600, 1592, 1664, 1687 and 1741 are included under the topic Early Goodheer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodheer Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Goodheer family (pre 1700)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodheer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Goodheer family

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.



  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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