Good


Good
Recorded in several spelling forms including Good, Goode, Goude, Gudd, Gudde (English), Gode, Gude, Guth, Gut (German), LeGood (French), Goed, Goede, De Goede, (Flemish) and others, this is medieval surname which seems to originate from the pre 7th century Olde English word "god meaning good. Its origins are complex but are essentially nicknames firstly for a "good" person, someone who was pious and respected, although given the robust Chaucerian humour of the medieval period, possibly the reverse! Derived from the ancient word "god" meaning good, there are several popular surnames that include "good" as the first element, including Goodbody and Goodfellow. The second origin is from a medieval personal name. These were either Goda, a man's name, or Gode, a woman's, but both derive from the ancient word "god". Early examples of the the surname recordings taken from the surviving registers include Hermanus der Guot, given as being the burgher of Koln, in 1236, and Henning Gode of Havelberg in 1484, whilst in England Henrie Goode and Elizabeth Harrison were married on July 14th 1555, at the church of St. Mildred Poultry in the city of London. Thomas Good, of the now "lost" village of Old Sarum near the city of Salisbury, in Wiltshire, was an early emigrant to the developing colonies of America. He left Southampton on the ship "Bevis" in May 1635, bound for Virginia Colony. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Gilbert le Gode. This was dated 1213, in the Curia Regis rolls of the county of Berkshire, during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Good — Good, a. [Compar. {Better}; superl. {Best}. These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.] [AS. G[=o]d, akin to D. goed, OS. g[=o]d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. god, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • good — /good/, adj., better, best, n., interj., adv. adj. 1. morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: a good man. 2. satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree: a good teacher; good health. 3. of high quality; excellent. 4. right; proper; fit:… …   Universalium

  • Good — • The moral good (bonum honestum) consists in the due ordering of free action or conduct according to the norm of reason, the highest faculty, to which it is to conform Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Good     Good …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • good — [good] adj. better, best [ME gode < OE gōd, akin to Ger gut < IE base * ghedh , to unite, be associated, suitable > GATHER] I a general term of approval or commendation 1. a) suitable to a purpose; effective; efficient [a lamp good to… …   English World dictionary

  • good — adj Good, right are comparable when they mean in accordance with one s standard of what is satisfactory. Good (as opposed to bad) implies full approval or commendation of someone or something in the respect under consideration (as excellence of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • good — ► ADJECTIVE (better, best) 1) to be desired or approved of. 2) having the required qualities; of a high standard. 3) morally right; virtuous. 4) well behaved. 5) enjoyable or satisfying. 6) appropriate …   English terms dictionary

  • Good — or goods may refer to:*Good (economics), an object or service *Good and evil, in religion, ethics, and philosophy *Ethic or philosophic good, an object with ethic or philosophic value *Form of the Good in Platonic philosophyGood can be something… …   Wikipedia

  • Good To Go! — is the electronic toll collection system used by the Washington State Department of Transportation on all current and future toll projects in the state of Washington. Good To Go! customers prepay their tolls into an account, the tolls are then… …   Wikipedia

  • Good — ist das englische Wort für gut. Good ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Ernst Good (* 1950), Schweizer Skirennfahrer Esther Good (* 1987), Schweizer Skirennfahrerin Irving John Good (1916–2009), britischer Statistiker und Kryptologe Jack… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • good — [adj1] pleasant, fine acceptable, ace*, admirable, agreeable, bad, boss*, bully, capital, choice, commendable, congenial, crack*, deluxe, excellent, exceptional, favorable, first class, first rate, gnarly*, gratifying, great, honorable, marvelous …   New thesaurus

  • good-oh — /good oh/, Brit. Informal. interj. 1. good (used as an expression of approval, agreement, or admiration). adv. 2. all right. 3. yes. Also, good o. [1915 20] * * * goodˈ o or goodˈ oh interjection Expressing pleasure adverb ( …   Useful english dictionary


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