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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Goodness

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  • A submission from India says the name Goodness means "Gift of god" and is of Hindu origin.
  • A user from Indonesia says the name Goodness is of Unknown origin and means "Health and prosperity".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Good"ness
The quality of being good in any of its various senses; excellence; virtue; kindness; benevolence; as, the goodness of timber, of a soil, of food; goodness of character, of disposition, of conduct, etc.

Etymology: AS. gōdnes

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Moral excellence or admirableness
  2. That which is pleasing or valuable or useful

From Middle English goodnesse, godnesse, from Old English gōdnes (“goodness; virtue; kindness”), equivalent to good +‎ -ness. Cognate with Old High German gōtnassī, cōtnassī (“goodness”), Middle High German guotnisse (“goodness”).

  1. (uncountable) The state or characteristic of being good.
  2. (countable) The good, nutritional, healthy part or content of something.
  3. (uncountable, euphemistic) God.
    Thank that the war is over!
  4. (Christianity) The moral qualities which constitute Christian excellence; moral virtue.

Notable Persons Named Goodness

Goodness Ohiremen Ajayi is a soccer player for the NK Široki Brijeg, HNK Rijeka, HNK Rijeka Reserves, and Academy. Goodness was born on October 6th, 1994 in Benin City. Goodness is also known as Ajayi and Goodness.


Goodness Ajayi is a sports team member for the NK Široki Brijeg.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Goodness

Granny Goodness is a comics character.


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Popularity of Goodness as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Goodness U.S.
  White 81.60% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.31% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 10.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Goodness

People with the last name Goodness are most frequently White or Two or More Ethnicities

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Fun Facts about the name Goodness

  • How Popular is the name Goodness? Goodness is the 62,460th most popular name of all time. As a last name Goodness was the 42,455th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Goodness have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20 babies born with the first name Goodness in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Goodness? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2012 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Goodness first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Goodness is Thursday, December 14th, 1961.
  • What year had the most people named Goodness born? The highest recorded use of the first name Goodness was in 2012 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Goodness: Your name in reverse order is Ssendoog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ngoodess. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Goodness? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 511 people with the last name Goodness.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Goodness? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Goodness as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.