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Goodfriend Surname Meaning

English: nickname for a reliable friend or neighbor from Middle English gode ‘good’ + frend ‘friend’. Americanized form (translation into English) of German Gutfreund cognate of 1 above from Middle High German guot ‘good’ + vriunt ‘friend’ or of its Dutch equivalent Goedvriend.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Goodbread, Goodchild, Friend, Goodling, Goodrich, Goodwine, Goldring

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Where is the Goodfriend family from?

You can see how Goodfriend families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goodfriend family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Goodfriend families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 39 Goodfriend families living in Ontario. This was about 93% of all the recorded Goodfriend's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Goodfriend families in 1911.
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What did your Goodfriend ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmers Son and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Goodfriend. 50% of Goodfriend men worked as a Farmers Son and 60% of Goodfriend women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goodfriend were Merchant and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmers Son
  • Farmer
  • Merchant

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Teacher
  • Income
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Goodfriend. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goodfriend census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Goodfriend. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 611 military records available for the last name Goodfriend. For the veterans among your Goodfriend ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goodfriend lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Goodfriend life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1991. The average life expectancy for Goodfriend in 1950 was 72, and 74 in 2004.

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