Goodier 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.

Early Origins of the Goodier family

The surname Goodier was first found in Essex 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 Domesday Book in 1086.

Important Dates for 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 (pre 1700)

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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 [1]
  • Peter Goodier, aged 31, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753 [1]
Goodier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Aaron Goodier, who landed in New York in 1800 [1]
  • Henry Goodier, who arrived in New York in 1800 [1]

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
  • James Goodier, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [2]
  • John Goodier, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [2]

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 [3]


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from
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