Goodman Family History

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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 Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Goodman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Goodman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • European Jewish


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Goodman Family Origin

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Goodman Family Occupations

What did your Goodman ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Goodman. The most common Goodman occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Goodman's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Goodman family was Tailor.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Tailor


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

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

What is the average Goodman lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Goodman 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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