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, 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 Goudey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goudey research. Another 126 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1643, 1567, 1783, 1847, 1576 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Goudey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Goudey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Goudey family to Ireland

Some of the Goudey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Goudey migration to the United States +

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

Canada Goudey migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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.

  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)

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