Origin of the Name Goad
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The names Goad, Goade, Good, Goode and many others are derived from the old nickname 'gode' meaning 'a good person'. Thess names are first found in Yorkshire and in Scotland and are found in many ancient manuscripts in those places. Examples of such are a George Gude and his spouse Mariota who are mentioned in records in 1517. A Thomas Gode was bailie of Lowdoun , Ayr, in the year 1533. Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired lands by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. In Ireland these names are usually of immigrant origin and were first recorded in County Leix in the sixteenth century. From then on they are mostly associated with County Cork .
The Goad coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Goad descendants.