Goodsell Family History

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Goodsell Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English gode ‘good’ + saule, soule ‘soul’. Probably also an Americanized form of German Gutseel or Gutsell; like 1, these are a nickname for a kindly person (literally ‘good soul’). Alternatively, it could be a reduced Americanized form of south German Gutgsell, a nickname or journeyman’s name, from gut ‘good’ + Gesell(e) ‘fellow’, ‘journeyman’.

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

Similar surnames: Goodson, Goodwill, Gutgsell, Goodall, Godel, Goodley, Wooddell

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Goodsell Ethnicity Estimate

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Goodsell Family Origin

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Goodsell Family Occupations

What did your Goodsell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Goodsell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Goodsell's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Goodsell family was Cooper. Farmer, Carpenter and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Goodsell.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Keeping House

  • Cooper


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Goodsell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Goodsell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Goodsell 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Goodsell. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Goodsell. For the veterans among your Goodsell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Goodsell Life Expectancy

What is the average Goodsell lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Goodsell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Goodsell in 1954 was 28, and 89 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Goodsell 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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