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Goodman Name Meaning

English: status name from Middle English gode ‘good’ + man ‘man’, in part from use as a term for the master of a household. In Scotland the term denoted a landowner who held his land not directly from the crown but from a feudal vassal of the king. English: from the Middle English personal name Godeman, Old English Godmann, composed of the elements god ‘good’ or god ‘god’ + mann ‘man’. English: from the Old English personal name Guðmund, composed of the elements guð ‘battle’ + mund ‘protection’ , or the Old Norse cognate Guðmundr. Americanized form of Jewish Gutman or German Gutmann.

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

Similar surnames: Goodson, Gorman, Holdman, Woodman, Bodman, Gottman, Goodbar, Goleman

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Goodman Family Origin

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Goodman Family Occupations

What did your Goodman ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Goodman. 2% of Goodman men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Goodman women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goodman were Carpenter and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Goodman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 487,000 census records available for the last name Goodman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goodman 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 60,000 immigration records available for the last name Goodman. 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 69,000 military records available for the last name Goodman. For the veterans among your Goodman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Goodman Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Goodman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Goodman in 1940 was 27, and 75 in 2004.

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