The Goodlif 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 Goodlif family
The surname Goodlif was first found in Yorkshire
where in 1301 the Subsidy Rolls
list Robert Godelad as holding lands at that time. Years later, William Goodlad was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in 1332. William Goodland was listed in Yorkshire
in 1464. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Goodlif family
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Goodlif 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 Goodlif family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodlif family to the New World and Oceana
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.