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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Dutch : from a short form of the medieval personal name Go(e)dman, composed of the Germanic elements gōd ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + man ‘man’.
  • Dutch : occupational name for an arbitrator in a civil dispute, i.e. a trusted or respected person, from goedeman, literally ‘good man’.
  • In some cases perhaps an altered spelling of German Gö(h)mann (see Gohman).

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