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Goudey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



In ancient Scotland, Goudey was a Strathclyde-Briton name for someone who lived in Edinburghshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. Goudey is an ancient Scottish name that evolved from the Goldie, which derives from the Old English personal name Gold.

Early Origins of the Goudey family


The surname Goudey was first found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Goudey family


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Goudey Spelling Variations


Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations in Scottish names. Goudey has been spelled Goudie, Gouday, Goudey, Goudy, Gowdy, Gowdie, Gadie, Goodie, Gady and many more.

Early Notables of the Goudey family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Goudey family to Ireland


Some of the Goudey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Goudey family to the New World and Oceana


In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them:

Goudey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander Goudey who settled in New England in 1792

Goudey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Goudey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1846
  • Charles Goudey, who arrived at Philadelphia in 1865

Goudey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • May B. Goudey, aged 28, who settled in America from Bristol, in 1904
  • William Goudey, aged 34, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1923
  • Maurice Goudey, aged 37, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1923

Goudey Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Burwell C. Goudey, aged 52, who landed in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Goudey (post 1700)


  • Enos Gordon Goudey (1863-1946), Canadian-born, American founder of the Goudey Gum Company, an American chewing gum company that started in 1919

The Goudey 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.


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