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Where did the Scottish Goodlet family come from? What is the Scottish Goodlet family crest and coat of arms? When did the Goodlet family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Goodlet family history?

The Goodlet 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.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Goodlet, Goddlett, Goodley, Goodly, Goodlad, Goodlat, Goodlatt, Goodlatte, Goodlegh, Gudlad, Goodleigh, Goodlaw, Guidlaw, Guidlad and many more.

First found in Stirling, where it could be found from the 14th century. The name may have migrated north from Yorkshire, where a Robert Godelad was recorded with estates in that shire in the year 1301. By 1332 the family name could also be found in Cumberland, where a William Goodlad held lands.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodlet research. Another 134 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1645 is included under the topic Early Goodlet History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Goodlet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter, Andrew and Robert Goodlad, who all came to Virginia in 1664; Robert Goodlett, who arrived in Philadelphia sometime between 1730 and 1740; John Goodley, who settled in Virginia in 1773.


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The Goodlet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodlet Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 October 2013 at 13:28.

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