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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.

Goodnow Early Origins



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.

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Goodnow Spelling Variations


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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.

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Goodnow Early History


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Goodnow Early History



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

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Goodnow Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodnow Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Goodnow 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



In England 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodnow (post 1700)


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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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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    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 Goodnow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodnow 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 April 2017 at 19:04.

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