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Goodner is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a person who's achievements were "good enough." A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Goodner Early Origins



The surname Goodner was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Goodner Spelling Variations


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Goodner Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Goodenough, Goodenowe, Goodenuff and others.

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Goodner Early History


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Goodner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodner research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodner Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Goodner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Goodner or a variant listed above:

Goodner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Goodner, who landed in Maryland in 1662

Goodner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A. L. Goodner, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1895

Goodner Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur B. Goodner, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Vinnie Goodner, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1912

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodner (post 1700)



  • Lillian Goodner (1896-1994), born Lillian Paige, an African American blues singer
  • John Goodner (1944-2005), American college football coach
  • Carol Goodner (1904-2001), American-born, British actress, active from 1929 to 1957
  • Michael Goodner (1953-1968), Puerto Rican swimmer at the 1968 Summer Olympics
  • Gary Goodner (1950-1968), Puerto Rican swimmer at the 1968 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    10. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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    The Goodner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodner 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 November 2014 at 22:20.

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