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Goodson Name Meaning

English (chiefly East Anglia and East Midlands): nickname for a dutiful son, from Middle English gode ‘good’ + sone ‘son’. English: from a Middle English survival of the Old English personal name Godsunu, composed of the elements god ‘good’ + sunu ‘son’. Possibly an Americanized form of German Gutersohn, a nickname or pet name meaning ‘good son’ for one of out of many sons.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Goodman, Goodwin, Gordon, Woodson, Gooden, Goossen, Godkin, Gladson

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Where is the Goodson family from?

You can see how Goodson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goodson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goodson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 80 Goodson families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Goodson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Goodson families in 1911.
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What did your Goodson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Goodson. 35% of Goodson 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
  • Labourer
  • Cultivateur
  • Laborer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Goodson. 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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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Goodson. For the veterans among your Goodson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Goodson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Goodson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Goodson in 1941 was 27, and 74 in 2004.

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