Goodson Family History

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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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Goodson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Goodson name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    55%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    18%

  • Germanic Europe

    5%

  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples

    4%

  • Benin/Togo

    3%

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Goodson Family Origin

Where is the Goodson family from?

Goodson Family Occupations

What did your Goodson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Goodson family was Labourer. The most common Goodson occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 10% of Goodson's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Farm Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Goodson.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    10%
  • Farmer

    5%
  • Farm Labourer

    3%
  • Labourer

    3%

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

Goodson Historical Records

What Goodson family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 81,000 census records available for the last name Goodson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goodson 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Goodson. 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 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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Goodson Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Goodson

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Goodson 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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