Goad Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Goad Name
Origins of Goad:
The surname of Goad can be traced to the country of England, and is a dilalectical variant of the middle English word of “gote.” This surname is a topographical surname for someone who is a dweller by the watercourse of sluice. A topographical surname is used to describe someone who lived on or near a residential landmark. This landmark could be either man made or natural, and would have been easily identifiable in the area from which it hailed, thus making the people who lived near it easily distinguished. Another possible origin of the surname of Goad is that it was used as a nickname in Medieval times. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the surname of Goad, the original bearer of this surname could have been someone who was regarded as behaving like a goat, which derived from the Old English Pre 7th Century word of “gat,” which can be translated to mean “goat.”
More common variations are: Goat, Coode, Gote
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Goad can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of William le Gat was mentioned in the document known as the Documents Illustrative of the Social and Economic History of the Danelaw in the year of 1139. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Stephen, who was known throughout the ages as one “The Count of Blois.” King Stephen of England ruled from the year of 1135 to the year of 1154. Other mentions of the surname of Goad within the country of England include one Peter att Gote, who was mentioned in the year of 1327 in the document known as the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, and onf John de la Gote, who was mentioned in the year of 1329 in the document known as the Register of the Freemen of the city of York.
United States of America:
Throughout the 17th and 18th Centuries it became common for people to migrate from Europe to the United States of America. This large movement of people was known as the European Migration, and occurred because these people were displeased with the state of the governments within the country of their birth. The United States of America promised freedoms such as the ability to own land, the ability to believe in whatever god they chose, and the ability to help build a new government. Among those who migrated to America, was one person by the name of John Goad, who arrived in Virginia in the year of 1635.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Goad: United States 10,314; India 3,249; England 726; Australia 264; Canada 258; South Africa 146; New Zealand 66; Scotland 53; United Arab Emirates 23; Ireland 16
Melissa Goad, who was an actress and model from the United States of America.
Libe Goad, who was a journalist specifically covering technology and video games from the United States of America.
Tim Goad (born in 1966) who was a former football defensive tackle from the United States of America.
Robin Elizabeth Goad (born in 1970) who is a retired female Olympic weightlifter from the United States of America.
Jim Goad (born in 1961) who is an author and publisher from the United States of America.
George Goad, who served as a Member of the West Virginia State House of Delegates from Braxton, County in the year of 1889 to the year of 1893, and who was a politician from the United States of America.
G. M. Goad, who served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention from the state of Virginia in the year of 1952, and again in the year of 1960, and again in the year of 1964, and who was a Republican politician from the United States of America.
Don Goad, who served as an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention from the state of Oklahoma in the year of 2000, and who is a Democratic politician from the United States of America.
Goad Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Goad blazon are the chevron and lion. The three main tinctures (colors) are gules, or and argent .
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 6A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 7Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 8A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
The chevron is one the major shapes used upon a shield, known as ordinaries. The inverted ‘V’ of the chevron is perhaps thought to have originated to represent a military scarf folded on the shield 9A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.10The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859. It has also acquired the meaning of “Protection… granted… to one who has achieved some notable enterprise” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 13Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 14Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 15A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 16The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.