Goodlaw History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Goodlaw name comes from the Middle English words "gode," meaning "good," and "ladde," or "lad," meaning "a servant;" as such, it was likely originally a nickname for a trusted servant, which was later taken on as a surname.
Early Origins of the Goodlaw family
The surname Goodlaw was first found in Yorkshire where in 1301 the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire list Robert Godelad as holding lands at that time. Years later, William Goodlad was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Cumberland in 1332. William Goodland was listed in Yorkshire in 1464. 
Early History of the Goodlaw family
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Goodlaw Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Goodlet, Goddlett, Goodley, Goodly, Goodlad, Goodlat, Goodlatt, Goodlatte, Goodlegh, Gudlad, Goodleigh, Goodlaw, Guidlaw, Guidlad and many more.
Early Notables of the Goodlaw family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodlaw family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Goodley settled in Virginia in 1773; Peter, Andrew and Robert Goodlad settled in Virginia in 1664.