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About the study

I have been researching the name Goodyear for over 25 years but have only recently registered the name with the Guild of One Name Studies. My branch of the Goodyears lived in South Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire and had many contacts in London. I am interested in those Goodyears living in other parts of the country and indeed the world as I am sure they can all be traced back to the Monken Hadley Goodyeres.

Variant names

The registered variants of the name are Goodyer, Goodger,Goodere and Goodier.

Name origin

The name possibly derived from an expletive used in questions as in 'What the good year?'Alternatively it could have derived from a new year salutation,'I hope to have a good year.'

Historical occurrences of the name

There are a few Goodyears who will always be remembered.

Perhaps the most famous was Charles Goodyear, 1800-1860, who is accredited with inventing the vulcanisation of rubber. Charles was a fifth generation descendant of Stephen Goodyear, one of the founders of the New Haven colony and for a time it's deputy governor.

Sir Henry Goodyer d.1595,was a close friend and patron of the metaphysical poet, John Donne.

Julie Goodyear, b1942, actress and television personality, is famous for her role as Bet Lynch in Coronation Street

Name frequency

From the index of the 1881 census produced by the Church of Latter Day Saints, there were 1585 Goodyears recorded in that census.

According to an ONS database there are some 2750 Goodyears as of September 2002. This makes it the equal 2,750 most common name in England and Wales.

Distribution of the name

In the 1881 census the most populous counties for the Goodyear name are, Yorkshire (374), Hampshire(207) and London (165).


I am currently compiling a data base of all the England and Wales birth marriages and deaths of the Goodyears.