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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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Where is the Goddard family from?

You can see how Goddard families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goddard family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goddard families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 105 Goddard families living in Massachusetts. This was about 36% of all the recorded Goddard's in the USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Goddard families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Goddard surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Goddard ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Goddard. 15% of Goddard men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Goddard women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goddard were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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.

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