Goddard Family History

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Goddard Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin) and French: from Godhard, a personal name composed of the Germanic elements god ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. The name was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of St. Gotthard, an 11th-century bishop of Hildesheim who founded a hospice on the pass from Switzerland to Italy that bears his name. This surname and the variant Godard are also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames. Possibly also an Americanized spelling of German Gotthard (see Gothard).

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

Similar surnames: Gothard, Gossard, Howard, Godard, Godeaux, Gillard, Guitard, Edward

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Goddard Family Origin

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Goddard Family Occupations

What did your Goddard ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Goddard. The most common Goddard occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Goddard's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Goddard family was Coal Miner.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Goddard ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Goddard Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 344,000 census records available for the last name Goddard. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goddard census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Goddard. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Goddard. For the veterans among your Goddard ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Goddard Life Expectancy

What is the average Goddard lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Goddard life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Goddard in 1942 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Goddard

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Goddard ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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