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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
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.