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

The Goodlett 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.

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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 Yorkshire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1301 when Robert Godelad was recorded with estates in that shire. By 1332 the family name had moved north into Cumberland where William Goodlad held lands.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodlett research. Another 387 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1437, 1491, 1510, 1600, and 1645 are included under the topic Early Goodlett History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodlett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • A Goodlett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

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The Goodlett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodlett 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.

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