Goodliff History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Goodliff 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 Goodliff family

The surname Goodliff 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. [1]

Early History of the Goodliff family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodliff research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1491, 1645, 1510, 1600, 1437, 1576, 1639 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Goodliff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodliff 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 Goodliff family (pre 1700)

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Australia Goodliff migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goodliff Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Goodliff, aged 29, a gardener, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane" [2]
  • Elizabeth Goodliff, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodliff (post 1700) +

    HMS Prince of Wales
    • Mr. Frederick Henry Goodliff, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [4]

    1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
    2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CHARLOTTE JANE 1852. Retrieved
    3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord Raglan 1854. Retrieved
    4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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