The Goodnow family's name is derived from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain following the Norman Conquest
of island in 1066. Their name originated with an early member 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.
Early Origins of the Goodnow family
The surname Goodnow 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.
Early History of the Goodnow family
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Goodnow Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Goodnow include Goodenough, Goodenowe, Goodenuff and others.
Early Notables of the Goodnow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodnow family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Goodnows to arrive on North American shores: Richard Goodenough, who settled in New England
in 1686; Anne Goodenowe, wife of Edmund, mother of John and Thomas, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1638.
Contemporary Notables of the name Goodnow (post 1700)
- Isaac Goodnow (1814-1894), American abolitionist and co-founder of Kansas State University
- Frank Johnson Goodnow (1859-1939), American educator and legal scholar, the first president of the American Political Science Association in 1903
- David Clay Goodnow, American television journalist, former CNN Headline News anchor
- Jacqueline Jarrett Goodnow (1924-2014), Australian cognitive and developmental psychologist
- Christopher Carl "Chris" Goodnow BVSc, PhD, FAA FRS, (b. 1959), Hong Kong-born, Australian professor and immunologist, Professor at the Australian National University's John Curtin School of Medical Research
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