Goodrum History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Goodrum surname is thought to derive from an Old Norse personal name and literally means "battle-snake." [1]

The family claim descent from Guthrum or Guthorm (d. 890), one of the Danish leaders which, encamping near Reading in 871, waged a stubborn warfare with King AEthelred and his successor AElfred throughout that year and the next. He "attacked Northumbria in 873; conquered Mercia in 874 ; and in the spring of 875 split into two divisions, one of which returned with Halfdene to Northumbria, while the other, led by 'the three kings Guthorm, Oskytel, and Amund,' marched from Repton to Cambridge, and thence in 876 sailed round the coast to Wareham." [2]

Early Origins of the Goodrum family

The surname Goodrum was first found in Lincolnshire where Gerard filius Gudram, Guðram was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1201. One year later, Brictiua filia Guderam was listed in the Assize Rolls of 1202 in the same county.

Guderam Gleve was found in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1283; Hugh Godrum in the Assize Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1260; and Thomas Guderam, Godram in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk 1283, 1327. [1]

One source notes a very different origin that any of the aforementioned. We do not agree, but we are including it as the source is a reputable one.

"If the reader will repeat to himself Goodgroom several times he will see, in default of a local origin, that Gooderham was an inevitable corruption. This view is strongly sustained by the fact that there are no Goodgrooms in our directories, which for so popular a nickname would be curious if no corruptions existed." [3]

Continuing this postulation, he notes that following entries in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Symon Godegrom, Sussex; and Robert le Godegrom, Huntingdonshire. He also notes that in Somerset, Robert Godgrom and John le Godegrom were listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of King Edward III's reign.) [4]

Early History of the Goodrum family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodrum research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1283, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Goodrum History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodrum Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gooderham, Goderham, Goodram, Goodrum, Gudram, Gudderham, Guderam and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodrum family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Goodrum Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Goodrum migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodrum Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Goodrum, aged 44, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Minnekahda" from London, England [5]
  • Edward F. Goodrum, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "North Pacific" from Brest, France [6]

New Zealand Goodrum migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goodrum Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Goodrum, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodrum (post 1700) +

  • Robert Goodrum (b. 1962), American professional baseball player
  • Alexander John Goodrum (1960-2002), African American transgender civil rights activist
  • Charles Leo Goodrum (b. 1950), American guard and offensive tackle in the National Football League
  • Randy Goodrum (b. 1947), American songwriter
  • J. C. Goodrum Sr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1892 [7]

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Arnold Herbert Goodrum, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [8]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J672-J3J : 6 December 2014), Ernest Goodrum, 24 May 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Minnekahda, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J649-5ZS : 6 December 2014), Edward F. Goodrum, 12 Aug 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port N. Y., ship name North Pacific, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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