Goodley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Goodley family

The surname Goodley was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Goodley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodley research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1455, 1487 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Goodley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godley, Godlee, Godlie, Godly, Godleigh, Godlay, Godelay, Godelegh, Goodleigh, Goodley, Goodlay, Goodlie, Goodlee, Godby, Godbey and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodley family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Goodley family to Ireland

Some of the Goodley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Goodley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Goodley, who settled in Virginia in 1773
  • John Goodley, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1773 [1]

New Zealand Goodley 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:

Goodley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Goodley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • Joseph Goodley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881
  • George Goodley, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1881


The Goodley Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sans Dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God, nothing.


  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)


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