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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish (common in Orkney and Shetland) : nickname for a trusted servant, from Middle English gode ‘good’ + ladde ‘lad’, ‘servant’ (see Ladd and compare Goodhue 1, Goodenough 2).

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