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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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The surname Goodliffe 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]

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goodlet, Goddlett, Goodley, Goodly, Goodlad, Goodlat, Goodlatt, Goodlatte, Goodlegh, Gudlad, Goodleigh, Goodlaw, Guidlaw, Guidlad and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodliffe research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1491, 1645, 1510, 1600, 1437, 1576, 1639 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Goodliffe History 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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  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  6. 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.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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