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Good Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English gode ‘good’ (Old English god). English: from a medieval personal name, a survival of the Old English personal name Goda, which was in part a byname and in part a short form of various compound names with the first element god. Americanized form of like-sounding names in other languages, for example German Gut or Guth.

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


Similar surnames: Gold, Goody, Wood, Hood, Goos, Goede, Nord, Glod, Codd, Doom

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Where is the Good family from?

You can see how Good families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Good family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Good families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 200 Good families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 39% of all the recorded Good's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Good families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Good surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Good ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Good. 16% of Good men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Good women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Good were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    16%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 274,000 census records available for the last name Good. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Good census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 26,000 immigration records available for the last name Good. 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 74,000 military records available for the last name Good. For the veterans among your Good ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Good lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Good life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Good in 1941 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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