Goodin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the name Goodin lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The surname was a patronymic surname created for an ancestor of someone named Good. Thus the name means "son of Good." The name Good comes from the Middle English word "gode," meaning "good," in turn from the Old English "go-d," and was a nickname surname, one which originally referred to a characteristic of the person, before evolving into a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Goodin family

The surname Goodin was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from ancient times. The name was Godinc in the Domesday Book.

Important Dates for the Goodin family

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Goodin Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Goodin include Gooding, Goodings, Goodin and others.

Early Notables of the Goodin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Goodin family to Ireland

Some of the Goodin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodin migration to the United States

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Goodin were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Goodin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Georg Goodin, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Anne Goodin, aged 18, who arrived in America in 1637 [1]
  • Robert Goodin, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [1]
Goodin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Goodin, aged 24, who settled in America from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Stanley Goodin, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1894
  • L. C. Goodin, aged 43, who landed in America, in 1895
Goodin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. S.H. Goodin, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • John Goodin, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1908
  • Reginald Goodin, aged 19, who landed in America from New Market, Jamaica, in 1920
  • William Goodin, aged 23, who settled in America from Preston, Cuba, in 1920

Goodin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Robert Goodin, aged 32, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1915

Goodin migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goodin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eliza Goodin, (b. 1854), aged 2, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 19th December 1856 [2]
  • Mr. Henry Goodin, (b. 1835), aged 21, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 19th December 1856 [2]
  • Mr. John Goodin, (b. 1852), aged 4, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 19th December 1856 [2]
  • Mrs. Sarah (Eliza) Goodin née Watton, (b. 1835), aged 21, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 19th December 1856 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodin (post 1700)

  • Billie Goodin (b. 1972), American professional baseball player
  • Terry Allen Goodin, American Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives
  • John Randolph Goodin (1836-1885), American politician, lawyer, judge and editor
  • Vernon Goodin (1892-1971), Australian politician

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Citations

  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. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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