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The ancient history of the name Goodspeed dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a person who performed good deeds or acts of kindness. The surname Goodspeed belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Goodspeed Early Origins



The surname Goodspeed was first found in Kent, Sussex and Wiltshire, where the name God was found in the Domesday Book. Other early records include Gilbert le Gode in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire in 1212; Robert Gode in the Assize Rolls of Gloucester of 1221; and Thomas le Goude in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex of 1327.

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Goodspeed Spelling Variations


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Goodspeed 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 Goodspeed include Good, Goode, Goad, Goade, Gudd, Gude, Legood and many more.

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Goodspeed Early History


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Goodspeed Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodspeed research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1402, 1537, 1600, 1527, 1581, 1576, 1638, 1671, 1609, 1678, 1616, 1689, 1692 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Goodspeed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodspeed Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Goodspeed Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include James Good (circa 1527-1581), a London Medical Physician (MD); Thomas Goad (1576-1638), an English clergyman, controversial writer, and rector of Hadleigh, Suffolk; George Goad (died 1671), Master of Eton College; Thomas Good (Goode), (1609-1678), an English academic and clergyman, and Master of Balliol...

Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goodspeed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Goodspeed In Ireland


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Goodspeed In Ireland



Some of the Goodspeed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 Goodspeed or a variant listed above: John Goad, age 18, who came to Virginia in 1635; Thomas Goad, age 15, who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Robert Good, who settled in Massachusetts in 1646.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodspeed (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodspeed (post 1700)



  • Edgar Johnson Goodspeed (1871-1962), American liberal theologian and scholar of Greek
  • Joseph Allen "Joey" Goodspeed (b. 1978), American professional football player
  • William J. Goodspeed, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1915; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1916
  • James Goodspeed, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Joliet, Illinois, 1871-79
  • Henry S. Goodspeed, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 1st District, 1909-10
  • Francis Goodspeed, American politician, Mayor of Joliet, Illinois, 1859-61; Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention Will, DuPage, Kankakee and Iroquois counties, 1862
  • C. B. Goodspeed, American Republican politician, Treasurer of Republican National Committee, 1937

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Goodspeed Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Goodspeed 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 24 November 2015 at 21:02.

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