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Goodling Family History

Goodling Surname Meaning

Probably an Americanized form of German Gütlein or Güthlein or Güthling: status name for a smallholder from Middle High German guot ‘landholding small farm’ + the diminutive suffix -lein -li -lin or alternatively a nickname for a good and kindly person from Middle High German güetlich later changed as though derived from a personal name composed with ancient Germanic god got ‘god’ or gōd ‘good’.

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


Similar surnames: Gosling, Goodwine, Godding, Goldring, Golding, Goodwin, Gundling

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Where is the Goodling family from?

You can see how Goodling families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goodling family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Goodling families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Goodling family living in Manitoba. This was 100% of all the recorded Goodling's in Canada. Manitoba had the highest population of Goodling families in 1911.
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What did your Goodling ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Goodling. 30% of Goodling men worked as a Laborer and 23% of Goodling women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goodling were At Home and Teacher. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • At Home
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    23%
  • Maid
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Teacher
    12%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Goodling. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goodling 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 125 immigration records available for the last name Goodling. 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 890 military records available for the last name Goodling. For the veterans among your Goodling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goodling lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Goodling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Goodling in 1945 was 27, and 81 in 2004.

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