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Goodenough Name Meaning

English:: (southern England): nickname from Middle English god(e) gud(e) goud(e) ‘good’ + inough ‘abundant; sufficient adequate satisfactory’ (Old English genōh). Possibly bestowed on one who was easily satisfied; it may also have been used with reference to one whose achievements were average ‘good enough’ though not outstanding. alternatively a nickname meaning ‘good lad’ or ‘good servant’ from Middle English gode knave from Old English gōd ‘good’ + cnafa ‘boy servant’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Goodson, Goodbody, Gooden, Goodhue, Goodnough, Golding, Gooding

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You can see how Goodenough families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Goodenough family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Goodenough families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 41 Goodenough families living in New York. This was about 58% of all the recorded Goodenough's in USA. New York had the highest population of Goodenough families in 1840.
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What did your Goodenough ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Goodenough. 17% of Goodenough men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Goodenough women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Goodenough were Truck Driver and Clerk. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    19%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
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What is the average Goodenough lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Goodenough life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Goodenough in 1948 was 54, and 81 in 2004.

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