Goudy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Goudy. The Goudy family lived in Edinburghshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages. Goudy is an ancient Scottish name that evolved from the Goldie, which derives from the Old English personal name Gold.

Early Origins of the Goudy family

The surname Goudy 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.

Important Dates for the Goudy family

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

Goudy Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Goudy has been spelled Goudie, Gouday, Goudey, Goudy, Gowdy, Gowdie, Gadie, Goodie, Gady and many more.

Early Notables of the Goudy family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Goudy family to Ireland

Some of the Goudy 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.

Goudy migration to the United States

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them:

Goudy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Dryer Goudy, aged 32, who landed in Indiana in 1892 [1]

Goudy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goudy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elias Goudy who settled in Lower Island Cove, Newfoundland in 1854 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Goudy (post 1700)

  • Frederic W Goudy (1865-1947), American type designer whose typefaces include Copperplate Gothic, Kennerly, and Goudy Old Style
  • William C. Goudy, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1956 [3]
  • William C. Goudy, American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois Democratic State Committee, 1862-64; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1868, 1888 [3]
  • Roy Goudy, American politician, Mayor of El Dorado, Arkansas, 1960 [3]
  • Frank C. Goudy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1896 [3]
  • Frank B. Goudy (d. 1944), American politician, Justice of Colorado State Supreme Court, 1942-44 [3]
  • Clinton T. Goudy, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Cumberland County (9th), 1931-32 [3]
  • Yann Goudy (b. 1975), French racing driver

Historic Events for the Goudy family

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Lawrence J Goudy, British Commander (E), who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [4]

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
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