Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Goodyer is based on the given names Gudhir, or Gudvar, which were popular medieval names of Germanic origin.
Early Origins of the Goodyer family
Essex where they were granted land by King William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The name was derived from Goudier, and was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.
Early History of the Goodyer family
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Goodyer Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Goodyer are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Goodyer include Goodyear, Goodier and others.
Early Notables of the Goodyer family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Goodyer family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Goodyer, or a variant listed above:
Goodyer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Goodyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Goodyer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Goodyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Goodyer (post 1700)
Historic Events for the Goodyer family
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