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About the study
The Gooderson One-Name Study is being carried out by a small group of researchers headed by Roy Rayment, a member of the Guild of One-Name Studies. Started in the 1980s, it expanded quite slowly at first but, following registration with the Guild in 1992 and the subsequent inaguration of a dedicated website, its growth-rate has increased substantially.
Although the Gooderson One-Name Study is of course primarily concerned with the surname Gooderson, data is also being collected for the surnames Goodeson, Goodinson, Goodison and Goodson, together with a small number of other known variants.
The current spelling of the surname Gooderson appears to have originated near the Lincolnshire/Norfolk border in the late 16th century. Research is ongoing and additional information will be published on the Gooderson One-Name Study website.
History of the name
Variants of the surname have been found in many old manuscripts in England. Examples of these are William Godeson of Cambridgeshire and Richard Godsone of Cambridgeshire (both of whom were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the year 1273) together with William Godythson and Johannes Godyeson, both of whom appear in the 'Poll Tax' records for the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379.
Much of the research carried out by the Gooderson One-Name Study Group has now been computerised and some of this has already been made available on the Gooderson website. For details please visit www.gooderson.org