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Goodridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)



Early Origins of the Goodridge family


The surname Goodridge 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

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]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


Early History of the Goodridge family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodridge 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 Goodridge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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.

Early Notables of the Goodridge 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)...
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.

Migration of the Goodridge family to the New World and Oceana


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, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN WOODALL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnWoodall.htm
  • Henry Goodridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John Woodall" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN WOODALL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnWoodall.htm
  • J. Goodridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Senator" in 1849 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SENATOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Senator.htm
  • George Goodridge, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • James Goodridge, aged 15, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly" [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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.)

Historic Events for the Goodridge family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. R I Goodridge, British Leading Airman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

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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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN WOODALL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849JohnWoodall.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SENATOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Senator.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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