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Early Origins of the Goodnight family


The surname Goodnight was first found in an early record of a John Goddesknyght, who was documented during the reign of Edward II (1307-1327). It is thought that Goodnight was a nickname for a religious person, "God's servant." Although the history of this name is rather obscure, it is presumed that bearers of the name came to Britain with the invasion of Duke William of Normandy, and perhaps even offered assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Early History of the Goodnight family

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Early History of the Goodnight family


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Goodnight Spelling Variations

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Goodnight Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Goodnight, Goddesknight, Goddesknyght and others.

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Early Notables of the Goodnight family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Goodnight family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Goodnight family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Goodnight family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodnight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Gerick Goodnight, a German pioneer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1754

Goodnight Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • S. H. Goodnight, who traveled from Hamburg to Ellis Island in 1909

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodnight (post 1700)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodnight (post 1700)


  • G. Thomas Goodnight, American argumentation and rhetorical scholar
  • Veryl Goodnight (b. 1947), American sculptress
  • Isaac Herschel Goodnight (1849-1901), United States Representative from Kentucky
  • James "Jim" Goodnight (b. 1943), the CEO of SAS Institute and is recognized as the wealthiest man in the state of North Carolina and one of the wealthiest in the world
  • Clyde Davis Goodnight (1924-2002), American football end
  • Charles Goodnight (1836-1929), American cattle rancher in the American West, best known as the father of the Texas Panhandle, eponym of the panhandle town of Goodnight, Texas

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