Show ContentsGoody History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Scottish history reveals Goody was first used as a surname by the Strathclyde-Briton people. It was a name for someone who lived in Edinburghshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. Goody is an ancient Scottish name that evolved from the Goldie, which derives from the Old English personal name Gold.

Early Origins of the Goody family

The surname Goody was first found in Edinburghshire, where the name appears from about 1598 onwards and later in the forms Gowdie, Gaudie, Goddie. "Robert Gowdie was a writer in Edinburgh, 1643 and John Gawdie was one of 'those who ere matriculat in the Companie of Merchands of Edinbergh,' 1687. William Goudie in Ayr, 1689. The surname was early carried to the north appearing in Shetland first in 1576 in the person of Gawane Gadie of Lougasettar, Dunrossness." [1]

Early History of the Goody family

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Goody Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that rules have developed and the process of spelling according to sound has been abandoned. Scottish names from before that time tend to appear under many different spelling variations. Goody has been spelled Goudie, Gouday, Goudey, Goudy, Gowdy, Gowdie, Gadie, Goodie, Gady and many more.

Early Notables of the Goody family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Goody family to Ireland

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

Unwelcome in their beloved homeland, many Scots sailed for the colonies of North America. There, they found land and freedom, and even the opportunity to make a new nation in the American War of Independence. These Scottish settlers played essential roles in the founding of the United States, and the shaping of contemporary North America. Among them:

Goody Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Goody, who landed in America in 1795 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goody (post 1700) +

  • Richard Mead Goody (1921-2023), English-born, American atmospheric physicist and emeritus professor of planetary physics at Harvard University, inducted into the National Academy of Sciences in 1970
  • Nicholas Gunnar "Nick" Goody (b. 1991), American Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees (2015-)
  • Joan E. Goody (1935-2009), American architect, Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, principal of Goody, Clancy & Associates, Inc of Boston
  • Robert "Bob" Goody (1951-2023), British actor, librettist, writer and former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, known for Lifeforce (1985), Flash Gordon (1980) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
  • Gordon Goody (1930-2016), British criminal and small businessman, known for his role in the Great Train Robbery in 1963
  • Roger Sidney Goody (b. 1944), English biochemist
  • Launcelot John Goody KBE PhD DD (1908-1992), Australian metropolitan bishop, 6th Roman Catholic Archbishop of Perth (1968-1983)
  • Laila Elin Goody (b. 1971), Norwegian actress
  • Jade Cerisa Lorraine Goody (1981-2009), English reality-television personality
  • Sir John Rankine "Jack" Goody FBA (1919-2015), British social anthropologist, lecturer at Cambridge University, and was William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology from 1973 to 1984

The Goody 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: Honestas
Motto Translation: Honesty.

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook