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The history of the Goodridge family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in the region of Goodrich or Gotheridge in the county of Hereford. The surname Goodridge 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."

Goodridge Early Origins



The surname Goodridge was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The earliest mention of the name was in 1066, as recorded in the Domesday Book.

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Goodridge Spelling Variations


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Goodridge Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Goodridge include Goodrich, Gooderidge, Goodrick, Goodricke, Goodridge, Goderich, Godriche, Godric, Godrige, Goderidge, Goodreed, Goodreid, Gutteridge, Guteridge, Guttridge, Gutridge and many more.

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Goodridge Early History


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Goodridge Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodridge research. Another 291 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1221, 1279, 1341, 1666, 1682, 1621, 1673, 1659 and 1673 are included under the topic Early Goodridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodridge Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodridge Early Notables (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)...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodridge 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



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Goodridge or a variant listed above:

Goodridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Goodridge, who settled in Virginia in 1635

Goodridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Goodridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • Henry Goodridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849
  • J. Goodridge arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849
  • George Goodridge, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • James Goodridge, aged 15, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodridge (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodridge (post 1700)



  • Francea "Francie" Norma Kraker Goodridge, American former women's track and field athlete and coach, inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor
  • Vernon Goodridge (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Sarah Goodridge (1788-1853), American miniaturist painter
  • Elizabeth "Eliza" Goodridge (1798-1882), American miniaturist painter, younger sister of Sarah Goodridge
  • Anne Goodridge, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1996
  • Henry Edmund Goodridge (1797-1864), English architect based in Bath
  • Jon Goodridge (b. 1981), English professional rugby union player who has played since 2011
  • Robin James Goodridge (b. 1966), English musician, best known as the drummer of the rock band Bush
  • Henry Goodridge (1849-1914), Canadian politician, Alderman on the Edmonton Town Council (1899-1901)
  • James Goodridge (1852-1900), Canadian politician, Alderman on the Edmonton Town Council (1892-1894)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Goodridge Historic Events


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Goodridge Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. R I Goodridge, British Leading Airman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    11. ...

    The Goodridge Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodridge 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 26 July 2016 at 00:24.

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