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

The Goodliffe 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 Goodliffe research. Another 387 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1437, 1491, 1510, 1600, and 1645 are included under the topic Early Goodliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodliffe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Goodliffe, aged 46, who landed in America from New Bawley, England, in 1911
  • Maria Goodliffe, aged 52, who emigrated to the United States from New Bawley, England, in 1911
  • Clara Goodliffe, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Sleaford, England, in 1912
  • Harold Goodliffe, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1912
  • Ethel Maude M. Goodliffe, aged 33, who landed in America from Bristol, England, in 1922

Goodliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Goodliffe, aged 23, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"
  • John Goodliffe (aged 19), a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Eliza"

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  • Lawrence Michael Andrew Goodliffe (1914-1976), English actor
  • Major Guy Vernon Goodliffe MC (1883-1963), British Army career officer and an English cricketer


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  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Goodliffe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodliffe 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 19 March 2012 at 07:46.

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