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Goodsell Surname Meaning

English (Sussex and Kent): habitational name from Gadshill (Kent) or Goodsoal in Burwash (Sussex). Godshill Farm in Cowfold (Wyndham half-hundred Sussex) could be another source but the farm name may have been derived later from the Burwash surname or Godsell . Probably also an Americanized form of German Gutseel or Gutsell; like 1 these are a nickname for a kindly person (literally ‘good soul’). Alternatively it could be a shortened Americanized form of South German Gutgsell a nickname or journeyman's name from gut ‘good’ + Gesell(e) ‘fellow journeyman’.

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


Similar surnames: Goodson, Goodwill, Gutgsell, Goodall, Godel, Goodley, Wooddell

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Where is the Goodsell family from?

You can see how Goodsell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goodsell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goodsell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 29 Goodsell families living in Ontario. This was about 97% of all the recorded Goodsell's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Goodsell families in 1911.
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What did your Goodsell ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Goodsell. 60% of Goodsell men worked as a Farmer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    60%
  • Manager
    20%
  • Ciment
    20%
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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Goodsell. For the veterans among your Goodsell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Goodsell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Goodsell in 1954 was 28, and 89 in 2004.

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