Origin of the Name Goodwin
The ancient history of the name Goodwin
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Goodwin is a baptismal name meaning 'good friend'. Variants include Goodwyn and Godwin. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above islands. Examples of such are a Lucas Godwin, Cambridge, and an Alice Godewin, Oxford, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England , in the year 1273. A Willemus Godewyn was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. The 'Goodwin Sands' received its title from Godwin, Earl of Wessex to whom the land belonged. In Scotland the name is found in the Shires of Ayr, Lanark, and Stirling. A Godwin, dapifer, and Mr. Godwin known as 'Camerarius of the Bishop', witnessed a quitclaim by Robert, Bishop of Saint Andrews, in the year 1127. In Ireland the name is found in Ulster having been introduced there from England centuries ago. Goodwin is also an occasional variant of the names McGoldrick and McGuigan in County Tyrone, and exists in County Mayo as an anglicized form of the Gaelic O'Goidin.
The Goodwin 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 Goodwin descendants.