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Early Origins of the Goodson family

The surname Goodson was first found in Norfolk at Gooderstone, a parish, in the union of Swaffham, hundred of South Greenhoe. "The church exhibits various stages of the English style, and has a square embattled tower; the nave is divided from the chancel by the remains of a beautifully carved screen, and on the south side of the chancel is a double piscina." [1]

The parish dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Godestuna. [2]

By 1254, the parish was known as Gutherstone and literally meant "farmstead of a man called Guthhere," having derived from the Old English personal name + "tun." [3]

The Domesday Book also listed Alwinus Gode sunu as holding lands in Somerset at that time. The Pipe Rolls for London included a listing for William Godsune in 1200. Later, Benedict Godsone was listed in the Feet of Fines for Cheshire in 1298 and Richard Goddesone in the Subsidy Rolls for Staffordshire in 1332. [4]

Early History of the Goodson family

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Goodson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Goodson, Goodison, Gooderson, Goodisson, Goodsone, Godson, Godison, Goderson, Godisson, Gudgeon and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodson family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Goodson the Elder (d. 1718), English organist of New College and of Christchurch, Oxford. Richard Goodson the Younger (d. 1741), proceeded Mus. Bac. from Christchurch, Oxford, 1 March 1716; was organist at Christchurch and New College, and succeeded his...
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Goodson Ranking

In the United States, the name Goodson is the 1,992nd most popular surname with an estimated 14,922 people with that name. [5]

United States Goodson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Goodson, aged 21, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Transport" [6]

Australia Goodson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goodson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Matthew Goodson, English convict who was convicted in Buckinghamshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 20th August 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Ann Goodson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodson (post 1700) +

  • Mark Goodson, American television producer
  • Clarence Goodson (b. 1982), American major league soccer player
  • Barbara Goodson (b. 1949), American voice actress
  • Adrienne “Goodie” Goodson (b. 1966), American WNBA basketball player
  • James A. Goodson, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 14 aerial victories
  • John A. Goodson, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Governor of New Jersey, 1973 [9]
  • John A. Goodson (d. 1867), American politician, Mayor of Covington, Kentucky, 1860-64 [9]
  • J. R. Goodson, American politician, Mayor of Texas City, Texas, 1912-14 [9]
  • J. Melvin Goodson (1904-1980), American Democratic Party politician, Speaker of the Arizona State House of Representatives, 1939-40 [9]
  • Gary Goodson, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina, 1996, 1998, 2002 [9]
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HMS Royal Oak
  • Henry J. Goodson, British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak (1939) when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [10]

Suggested Readings for the name Goodson +

  • Urquhart, Coffey, Boland, and Allied Families of the South: Urquhart, Parker, Coffey, Kirk, Harris, Boland, Fussell, Barnes, Goodson, Strange: Genealogy and Family History With Photographs, Sketches and Maps by Annie Velma Urquhart Klayder.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  7. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th February 2021). Retrieved from
  8. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from
  10. Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from on Facebook