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.
Early History of 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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In the United States, the name Goodin is the 4,605th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
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.
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
Goodin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Goodin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Goodin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
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