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.
Early Origins of the Goodspeed family
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.
Early History of the Goodspeed family
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Goodspeed Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Goodspeed family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodspeed family to Ireland
Some of the Goodspeed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Goodspeed 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 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Goodspeed (post 1700)
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