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Good Coat of Arms Meaning

The four main devices (symbols) in the Good blazon are the lion, cross engrailed, chevron and otter. The three main tinctures (colors) are or, gules and argent .

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” 1The 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 2Understanding 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’ 3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.

Gules, the heraldic colour red is very popular, sometimes said to represent “Military Fortitude and Magnanimity”4The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. It is usually abbreviated as gu and in the days before colour printing was shown in a system known as hatching by vertical lines 5Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52. Although it may look like a French word it is normally pronounced with a hard “g” and may be derived either from the Latin gula (throat) or Arabic gule (rose).6A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154

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 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 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 11Understanding 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 12A 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” 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross 14Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47. Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross, typically involving patterning along the edges 15Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P67. The pattern engrailed is a series of scalloped indentations with the points facing outwards – and should not be confused with invected, which has the points facing inwards! Wade believes that both of these indented forms represent “earth or land”, and one perhaps can indeed see the furrowed earth embodied in them.

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 16A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various), or additional cross-pieces used to strengthen the shield and painted a different colour.17The 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” 18The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45, possibly becuase of its resemblance to the roof truss of a house.

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Good Name

Good Origin:

England

Origins of Name:

The surname of Good is believed to have its origins from England in medieval times. “God” was an old pre 7th century English word that meant “good”. “God” or “good” people are honored and revered, as they are seen as pious and respected members of society. However, due to the Chaucerian humor that was popular during the medieval period, it is possible that those with the surname “Good” or “God” (or variations of this name) were actually not very good or pious at all. Good is also a first element of other surnames, such as Goodfellow, or Goodbody. The second possible origin of the surname Good derives from a personal name “Goda” which was a man’s name, or “Gode” which was a woman’s name. Both of these medieval names also derive from the word “god.”

Variations:

More common variations are:

Goode, Goody, Gooda, Gooud, Goodd, Goodo, Goodu, Goodi, Gowod, Goose, Coode, Goosey, Goozee, Gudd, Gudde, Gode, Gude, Guth, Gut, LeGood, Goed, Goede, De Goede

History:

England:

The first recorded spelling of the surname Good is believed to be Gilbert le Gode, whose name appeare in the Curia Regis Rolls of the county of Berkshire, in the year 1213, under the reign of King John of England, who ruled from 1199-1216. In the year 1236, Hermanus der Guot, who was registered as the burgher (which is a Medieval class of bourgeoisie from which city officials could be drawn from) of Koln, and Henning Gode, who lived in Havelberg in the year 1484. In the year 1555, on July 14, in England, Henrie Goode and Elizabeth Harrison were married at the church of St. Mildred Poultry in the city of London.

United States

During The Great Migration, Thomas Good, who lived in the now “lost” village of Old Sarum, near the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire, was one of the earliest emigrants to the developing thirteen colonies in America. Twenty-four-year-old Thomas left Southamption on the ship named “Bevis” in May of the year 1635, which was bound to land in Virginia Colony. Soon after Thomas, Robert Good settled in Massachusetts in 1646, and nine years later, Edward Good, Richard Good, and Edward Good all arrived in the state of Maryland in 1655. In the eighteenth century, Pelina Good and Palma Good landed in Virginia in 1702, while Susanna Good settled in Virginia in 1706, and Theis Good arrived to Virginina in 1714. James Good arrived in Maryland in 1722. In the nineteenth century, Patrick Good reached Washington Country, Pennsylvania in 1802, and ten years after, James Good reached the colonies in the year 1812. In the year 1827, William Good settled in New York City, and ten years later, Lawrence Good also landed in New York, New York in the year 1837.

Many settlers with the surname Good also traveled to Australia, Canada, and New Zealand. It is important to remember that the spelling of the surname Good varies among location, and literacy. In many cases, it was necessarily for the spelling of the surname to be guessed based on phonetics, and was recorded as such.

Germany

Many Germans with the surname Gude, Gutte and Guth had emitgrated to other countries around Europe including but not limited to Switzerland, Scotland and Ireland. They also travelled to America to flee from religious persecution.

Scotland

The Good family line in Scotland is a sept of Clan Boyd which most likely has very distant roots in England.

Good Today:

United States 40,682

England 5,867

Nigeria 5,808

Canada 4,525

India 4,110

Pakistan 3,395

Iran 2,456

Egypt 2,451

Bangladesh 2,406

Australia 2,195

Notable People:

Corporal Herman James Good (1887-1969) who during the First World War was bestowed the honor of receiving a Victoria Cross, was a Canadian citizen

James Lawrence Fuller Good (1903-1991) who was an RAF (Royal Air Force) Air Vice Marshall from England

James William Good (1866-1929) who was a member of the United States Congress, and an American politician, and served as the Secretary of War under President Hoover

James Isaac Good (1850-1924) who was Reformed church clergyman and historian from America

Brigadier Edward Derek Good (born 1906) was a World War II British General

Michael Timothy Good (born 1962) who has spent 312 hours in space, working with NASA as an astronaut

Andrew Good (born in 1979) who is a baseball player from America

Sarah Good (1653-1692) was accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials, and was one of the first three people to be tried and sentenced as a witch, was hanged as punishment

Dorothy Good who was the daughter of Sarah Good, and lived during the Salem Witch Trials, Dorothy Good was a young child who was accused of being a witch

Bill Good (born in 1979) who is a television personality and also is a radio talk show host from Canada

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (Fellow of Baliol College, ob. 1680). Gu. on a cross engr. five erm. spots.
2) (Girlby and Oneby, co. Lincoln). Gu.a chev. betw. three lions ramp. or. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, an otter pass. ar.
3) (Redmorley D’Abitot, co. Worcester. Visit. 1634). Gu. a chev. or, betw. three lions ramp. ar.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77
4. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
5. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P52
6. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P154
7. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
8. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11
9. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
10. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
11. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
12. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
13. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
14. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47
15. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P67
16. A Display of Heraldry, J. Guillim, Blome, London, 1679, (various)
17. The Pursuivant of Arms, J. R. Planche, Hardwicke, London 1859
18. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P45