Goodyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Goodyer reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Goodyer family as they migrated following the 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

The surname Goodyer was first found in 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.

Important Dates for the Goodyer family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goodyer research. Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1301, 1327, 1456, 1500, 1513, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Goodyer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goodyer Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few 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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Goodyer migration to the United States

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
  • Nancie Goodyer, aged 7, who immigrated to the United States from London, in 1898
Goodyer Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Harry Goodyer, aged 45, who landed in America from Nottingham, England in 1903
  • Annie Goodyer, aged 12, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1905
  • Bessie Goodyer, aged 10, who settled in America from Nottingham, in 1905
  • Eliz. Goodyer, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Nottingham, in 1905
  • Alfred Percy Goodyer, aged 8, who settled in America from Brighton, England, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Goodyer migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goodyer Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Ambrose E. Goodyer, aged 28, who immigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1920

Goodyer migration to Australia

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

Goodyer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Amos Goodyer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [1]
  • Elizabeth Goodyer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goodyer (post 1700)

  • Robin Goodyer (b. 1951), English cricketer
  • Arthur Copeland Goodyer (1853-1932), English international footballer
  • Paula Goodyer (b. 1947), Australian freelance journalist, author and health writer, recipient of the Walkley Award (1992)

Historic Events for the Goodyer family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Joseph Clement Goodyer (1892-1939), British Chief Petty Officer Cook (O) with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [2]

Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  2. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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