Leegode is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes. It is a name for a person who performed good deeds or acts of kindness.
The surname Leegode belongs to a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Leegode family
The surname Leegode was first found in Kent
, where the name God was found in the Domesday Book
. Other early records include Gilbert le Gode in the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire in 1212; Robert Gode in the Assize Rolls of Gloucester of 1221; and Thomas le Goude in the Subsidy Rolls
Early History of the Leegode family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Leegode research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1402, 1537, 1600, 1527, 1581, 1576, 1638, 1671, 1609, 1678, 1616, 1689, 1692 and 1607 are included under the topic Early Leegode History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Leegode Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Leegode has been recorded under many different variations, including Good, Goode, Goad, Goade, Gudd, Gude, Legood and many more.
Early Notables of the Leegode family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: James Good (circa 1527-1581), a London Medical Physician (MD); Thomas Goad (1576-1638), an English clergyman, controversial writer, and rector of Hadleigh, Suffolk; George Goad (died 1671), Master of Eton College; Thomas Good (Goode), (1609-1678), an English academic and clergyman, and Master of Balliol... Another 58 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Leegode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leegode family to Ireland
Some of the Leegode family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Leegode family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Leegode or a variant listed above: John Goad, age 18, who came to Virginia in 1635; Thomas Goad, age 15, who arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1635; Robert Good, who settled in Massachusetts in 1646.