This page will be used to publish statistical information regarding Gooderson and Goodison research, as and when it becomes available.


Gooderson ages at death.


In the final decade of the 19th century (i.e. 1891 to 1900) the average age of Goodersons who died in England and Wales was 40.2 years for males and 45.8 years for females. By the final decade of the 20th century (i.e. 1991 to 2000) this had risen to 70.7 years for males and 75.6 years for females.


1901 Census


The United Kingdom’s 1901 census, which was released to the public in 2002, lists 199 people surnamed Gooderson, together with approximately 700 people surnamed Goodison.


On-line Database


At the end of the year 2002 the Gooderson on-line database contained details of 1,753 entries that appear in the GRO’s index of adoptions, births, marriages and deaths registered in England and Wales between 1st July 1837 and 31st December 2001. These comprised of 6 adoptions; 746 births; 502 marriages and 499 deaths.




Since the early 1980s a total of 293 pages of Gooderson Civil Wills and Administrations have been acquired for the Gooderson Archive. Of these, approximately one third have now been transcribed, computerised and made available on this website.




The percentage of illegitimate births registered in England and Wales to mothers surnamed Gooderson was just 7.7% during the 1930s. By the 1990s this figure had increased to 10.3% and now appears to be increasing rapidly.




An estimated 7,000 man-hours have been spent on research into Gooderson and variant surnames during the course of the past twenty years.


War Deaths


The First and Second World Wars, together with the Korean War, are known to have resulted in the deaths of 4 people surnamed Gooderson. In addition to these deaths, records indicate that 25 members of Goodison families were also killed.




Despite a lack of publicity, the Gooderson Archive web-site received a total of 881 hits during the year 2002. This equates to an average of nearly 17 hits per week and resulted in a bandwidth usage which is less than 5% of that allocated to the Archive by the service provider.




From the examination of various sets of records currently held by the Gooderson Archive, it would appear that approximately 68% of the UK Gooderson population was completely literate in the year 1840. This appears to have risen to around 93% by the year 1900 and to 98.5% by 1950. Figures for the year 2000 have yet to be determined.


Most Popular First Names


"John" has been the first name most frequently given to the boys who were born into Gooderson families throughout England and Wales since the beginning of Civil Registration in July 1837. From that time until the end of the 20th century, records show 37 births were registered with the first name John. Closely following in popularity has been the forename "William", with 36 registrations and lagging behind in third place, with just 17 registrations, is the name "George".


During the same period, the most popular first name for girls born into the Gooderson families was "Mary", for which there were 18 registrations in total.


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