Goody Family History
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Goody Name Meaning
from Middle English god dai ‘good day’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone who frequently used this greeting. from a Middle English female personal name Godeve, Old English Godgifu, composed of the elements god ‘good’ or god ‘god’ + gifu ‘gift’. This name has perhaps absorbed a less common name with the second element guð ‘battle’. nickname for a widow or an independent woman, from Middle English goodwife ‘mistress of a house’, from Old English god ‘good’ + wif ‘woman’. Compare Goodman 1.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press