Goodwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Goodwin begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Godwin.

Early Origins of the Goodwin family

The surname Goodwin was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Godwin or Godwine (d. 1053) was the 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. [1]

Early History of the Goodwin family

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Goodwin Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Goodwin has been recorded under many different variations, including Godwin, Goodwin, Goodin, Gooding, Goodings, Goodwyn, Godwyn, Godwine, Goodwine, Goddwin, Goddwyn, Goddywne and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodwin family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Godwin (1517-1590), Bishop of Bath and Wells, born in 1517 at Oakingham, Berkshire, of poor parents; 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 Parliamentary cause in the English Civil War; Peter Gooden (died 1695), an English Roman Catholic priest; Thomas Godwin (died 1677), a Virginia politician and landowner, served in the House of Burgesses 1654-1655...
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Ireland Migration of the Goodwin family to Ireland

Some of the Goodwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Goodwin migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Goodwin or a variant listed above:

Goodwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mrs. Goodwin, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1632
  • Christopher Goodwin, who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1640
  • Adam Goodwin who landed in Providence, Rhode Island in 1641
  • Christopher Goodwin, who settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1647
  • Daniel Goodwin, who settled in Maine in 1652
Goodwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edwin Goodwin, who settled in Maryland in 1731
  • Catherine Goodwin, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1770

Australia Goodwin migration to Australia +

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

Goodwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Goodwin, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Edward Goodwin, a carpenter, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Charles Goodwin, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Goodwin, British convict who was convicted in London, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. John Goodwin, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancashire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Goodwin 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:

Goodwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Goodwin, Australian settler travelling from Port of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on board the ship "David Owen" arriving in New Zealand in 1832 [6]
  • Henry Goodwin, aged 49, a stock keeper, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Elizabeth Goodwin, aged 43, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • James Goodwin, aged 16, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Jane Goodwin, aged 11, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodwin (post 1700) +

  • Melanie Wade Goodwin (1970-2020), American politician, Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2005-2011)
  • Richard Naradof Goodwin (1931-2018), American speech writer and presidential advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson
  • Leo Budd Goodwin (1883-1957), American gold and two time bronze Olympic medalist for swimming at the 1904 and 1908 games
  • Thomas Jones Goodwin (b. 1968), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Doris Kearns Goodwin (b. 1943), born Doris Helen Kearns, American Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, historian, and political commentator
  • Archie Goodwin (1937-1998), American comic book writer, editor, and artist
  • Robert W. "Bob" Goodwin, Australian-born, American television producer and director best known for his work as senior executive producer of The X-Files
  • Charles Tod Goodwin (b. 1997), American former NFL football end
  • Alfred Theodore Goodwin (b. 1923), American senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Richard M. Goodwin (1913-1996), American mathematician and economist who developed the "Goodwin model"
  • ... (Another 141 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Master Thomas Alfred  Goodwin (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Miss Mary F.  Goodwin (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mrs. Minnie  Goodwin (1884-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Neil Francis Goodwin (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Hurstville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Wilfred James Goodwin (1915-1941), Australian Able Seaman from East Malvern, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Cornwall
  • Donald Frederick Goodwin (d. 1942), British Marine aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [9]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Rose Goodwin, American 3rd Class passenger from Baltimore, Maryland, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Frederick Joseph Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 42, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mrs. Augusta Goodwin (d. 1912), (née Tyler), aged 43, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
  • Miss Lillian Amy Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 16, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Charles Edward Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 14, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
  • Master William Frederick Goodwin (d. 1912), aged 13, English Third Class passenger from Fulham who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
USS Arizona
  • Mr. William Arthur Goodwin, American Seaman Second Class from Colorado, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


The Goodwin 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Goodwin +

  • 372 Godwin by Jamie Ault Grady, Godwin-Hill and Related Families by Ruth Godwin Gadbury.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  9. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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