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Goodwill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Goodwill is tied to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of Godwin.

Early Origins of the Goodwill family


The surname Goodwill was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Godwin or Godwine (d. 1053) was an earl of Wessex, chief adviser to King Canute, who held great wealth and lands in those times. His son Harold Godwinson (circa 1022-1066) was Harold II of England, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, killed on October 14 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. Godwin, or Godwine was also the name of an 11th century Bishop of Lichfield, who died in 1020.

Early History of the Goodwill family


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Goodwill Spelling Variations


Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Goodwill has undergone many spelling variations, including Godwin, Goodwin, Goodin, Gooding, Goodings, Goodwyn, Godwyn, Godwine, Goodwine, Goddwin, Goddwyn, Goddywne and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodwill family (pre 1700)


Distinguished members of the family include Francis Godwin (1562-1633), English divine, Bishop of Llandaff and of Hereford; John Goodwin (1594-1665), an English preacher, theologian and prolific author; John Goodwin (1603-1674), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1641 and 1660, supporter of the...
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Migration of the Goodwill family to Ireland


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Migration of the Goodwill family to the New World and Oceana


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Goodwill were among those contributors:

Goodwill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Fletekis Goodwill, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, in 1897
  • Nelly Goodwill, aged 4, who landed in America, in 1897

Goodwill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles Goodwill, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Lythe, England, in 1908
  • Phoebe Goodwill, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Jessie Goodwill, who landed in America from England, in 1916
  • Jessie Goodwill, aged 24, who emigrated to America from W. Hartlepool, England, in 1916
  • Clarence Goodwill, aged 4, who landed in America from W. Hartlepool, England, in 1916
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Contemporary Notables of the name Goodwill (post 1700)


  • Craig Goodwill, American writer and director in film and television
  • Jasper Goodwill (1889-1974), American politician, Democratic mayor of Minden,Louisiana (1955 to 1958)
  • Edgar S. Goodwill, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts 1900, election inconclusive [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Cecil T. Goodwill, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Shiawassee County, 1938 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Mrs. A. G. D. Goodwill, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Oliver James Goodwill (b. 1982), British fashion model, actor and soul singer
  • Albert Goodwill Spalding (1850-1915), American professional baseball player, founder of Spalding, the sporting goods manufacturer

The Goodwill Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.


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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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