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Origins of the Goodwin surname

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What does the name Goodwin mean?

Goodwin is an English surname. It has Anglo-Saxon roots and has been used in Britain in some form since before the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the personal name 'Godwine' (friend to God) and would be given to the lineage of those of that forename. It is noted to be particularly prevalent in Staffordshire.

Alternative variations of the name Goodwin

Goodwin, Godwin, Godwine, Goodwine, Goodwen

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Where do most Goodwins live?

In 1921, most Goodwins lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Goodwins

How common is your surname?

243rd most common surname in the UK

We have 164,000 records for the Goodwin surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Goodwins most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Goodwin first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Goodwins

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Goodwins in 1921


Domestic Servant




General Servant Domestic


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Goodwins in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




Coal Miner


General Labourer




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