Show ContentsGoodier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Goodier reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on 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 Goodier family

The surname Goodier 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 Goodier family

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Goodier Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Goodier has been recorded under many different variations, including Goodyear, Goodier and others.

Early Notables of the Goodier family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Goodyer (1592-1664), a 17th century botanist who was known as "the ablest Herbalist now living in England."Samuel Goodere (1687-1741), was an English captain in the navy, the third and youngest son of Sir Edward Goodere, bart., of Burhope in Herefordshire, by his wife, daughter and heiress of Sir Edward Dineley, bart., of Charleton in Worcestershire, and on the mother's side granddaughter of Lewis Watson, first lord Rockingham. The eldest son having been killed in a duel, the second son, John Dineley, who had been brought up at sea in the merchant service...
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United States Goodier migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Goodiers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Goodier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Goodier, aged 27, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753 [6]
  • Peter Goodier, aged 31, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [6]
Goodier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aaron Goodier, who landed in New York in 1800 [6]
  • Henry Goodier, who arrived in New York in 1800 [6]

Australia Goodier migration to Australia +

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

Goodier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Goodier, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 27th May 1837, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • James Goodier, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [8]
  • John Goodier, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [8]
  • Mr. John Goodier, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 30th June 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodier (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Edward Goodier Sr. (1857-1935), American Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army
  • Lewis Edward Goodier Jr. (1885-1961), American pioneer aviator, member of the Early Birds of Aviation, son of Lewis Edward Goodier, Sr
  • James Norman Goodier (1905-1969), English professor of applied mechanics at Stanford University, coauthor of Theory of Elasticity (1951) and Elasticity and Plasticity" (1958), awarded the Timoshenko Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1961
  • Edward "Ted" Goodier (1902-1967), English professional footballer and football manager
  • David Goodier (b. 1954), English bassist for the rock band Jethro Tull
  • Mark Goodier (b. 1961), British radio disc jockey for BBC Radio 1 (1987-2002), a recurring presenter of Top of the Pops between 1988 and 1996
  • Russell Goodier Dunmore (1884-1935), American Republican politician, Member of New York state Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1922-35 [10]

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  5. Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from
  9. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th May 2022).
  10. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from on Facebook