Goodrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the name Goodrick date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in the region of Goodrich or Gotheridge in the county of Hereford. The surname Goodrick may also derive from the patronymic name the son of Godrich which was composed of the elements God which referred to someone good and Ric which meant power. The surname may also have derived from the Old English cud, meaning "famous," with the aforementioned "ric." [1]

In ancient times, the name was also a personal name as in Godric, the abbot of Winchcombe and Godric, the sheriff of Berkshire. Both were listed as freemen shortly after the Norman Conquest. [2]

Early Origins of the Goodrick family

The surname Goodrick was first found in various locations throughout ancient Britain. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Walter Goderiche in Bedfordshire; William Godriche in Oxfordshire; Stephen Godrich in Suffolk; and Ambrosius filius Godrige in Cambridgeshire. [3]

Further to the north in Scotland, "Dougal fiz Gothrik of the county of Dunfres who rendered homage in 1296 is probably Dougal Gotherykessone of the county of Wyggetone, and Dugall, son of Gotrich, juror on an inquest at Berwick in the same year." [2]

Important Dates for the Goodrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodrick research. Another 146 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1221, 1279, 1341, 1666, 1682, 1621, 1673, 1659 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Goodrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodrick Spelling Variations

Goodrick has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Goodrick have been found, including Goodrich, Gooderidge, Goodrick, Goodricke, Goodridge, Goderich, Godriche, Godric, Godrige, Goderidge, Goodreed, Goodreid, Gutteridge, Guteridge, Guttridge, Gutridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodrick family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Henry Goodrich of Ribstone Hall, an Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Spain in 1682; Francis Goodricke (1621-1673)...
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Goodrick migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Goodricks to arrive on North American shores:

Goodrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alfred Goodrick, who settled in Philadelphia in 1840
  • Annie Goodrick, aged 22, who settled in America from Southampton, in 1897
  • Gertrude Goodrick, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1898
Goodrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Isabella Goodrick, aged 26, who immigrated to America, in 1908
  • Frederick Elizur Goodrick, who immigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • Gertrude Goodrick, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Margaret Goodrick, aged 32, who landed in America from London, England, in 1915
  • Walter Goodrick, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodrick (post 1700)

  • Mick Goodrick (b. 1945), American jazz guitarist and educator
  • Garney Goodrick (1895-1929), Australian sportsman, first-class cricketer for Tasmania and Australia
  • Alan "Gimpo" Goodrick, British film director

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Citations

  1. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  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)
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