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Goodson Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Godsone representing Old English Godsunu of various origins. It may be composed of Old English god ‘God’ or gōd ‘good’ + sunu ‘son’ or it may be an original patronymic ‘son of God’ used as a personal name. English: patronymic from Middle English Godesson(e) ‘son of God(e)’ from the Middle English pet form Gode (Old English Goda) + -son. English: nickname from Middle English god(e) + sone ‘good son’ (Old English gōd + sunu). English: metronymic meaning ‘son of Godith’ from the Middle English female personal name Godith Godit Gody (Old English Godgȳth) + son. English: alternatively perhaps occasionally from the Middle English female personal name Godus + -son. Possibly also an Americanized form (translation into English) of German Gutersohn: affectionate nickname meaning ‘good son’ for one of out of many sons.

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

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

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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 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 Canada 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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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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