Goodwine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Goodwine are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Godwin.

Early Origins of the Goodwine family

The surname Goodwine 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.

Important Dates for the Goodwine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodwine research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1219, 1296, 1177, 1273, 1327, 1500, 1562, 1633, 1594, 1665, 1603, 1674, 1641, 1660, 1695, 1677, 1654, 1655, 1659, 1600, 1680, 1597 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Goodwine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodwine Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Goodwine family name include Godwin, Goodwin, Goodin, Gooding, Goodings, Goodwyn, Godwyn, Godwine, Goodwine, Goddwin, Goddwyn, Goddywne and many more.

Early Notables of the Goodwine 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 Goodwine family to Ireland

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

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Goodwine surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Goodwine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary E. Goodwine, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1897
Goodwine Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Goodwine, who immigrated to America, in 1910
  • Herbert F. Goodwine, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1921
  • James Goodwine, aged 22, who arrived at West Lebanon, Indiana, in 1923
  • Charles Goodwine, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodwine (post 1700)

  • John W. Goodwine, American politician, member of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • John W. Goodwine (1879-1934), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Sanilac County, 1927-34 [1]
  • Fremont Goodwine (1857-1956), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1904; Member of Indiana State Senate; Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1908 [1]
  • Marquetta L. Goodwine, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from
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