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Meaning and Origin

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  1. A disposition to kindness and compassion
  2. The friendly hope that something will succeed
  3. (accounting) an intangible asset valued according to the advantage or reputation a business has acquired (over and above its tangible assets)

From Middle English *goodwille, good wille (“goodwill”), perhaps from Old English *gōdwille ("goodwill"; compare Old English gōdwillende (“well-pleased”); also Scots guidwilly, guidwillie (“displaying goodwill”)), equivalent to good +‎ will. Cognate with Scots guidwill (“goodwill”), Middle Low German gūtwille (“goodwill”), Old High German guotwilligi (“goodwill”), Old Danish godvilje (“goodwill”), Icelandic góðvilji, góðvili (“goodwill”), Icelandic góðvild (“goodness”).

  1. A favorably disposed attitude toward someone or something.
  2. (accounting) The value of a business entity not directly attributable to its tangible assets and liabilities. This value derives from factors such as consumer loyalty to the brand.
  3. (business) A concept used to refer to the ability of an individual or business to exert influence within a community, club, market or another type of group, without having to resort to the use of an asset (such as money or property), either directly or by the creation of a lien.

goodwill was also found in the following language(s): Finnish

Notable Persons Named Goodwill

Goodwill Zwelithini is royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1968 to present. Goodwill was born as the child of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon on July 14th, 1948 in Nongoma.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Goodwill

Robert Goodwill is a for Scarborough, Whitby, for Yorkshire, the Humber, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, Member of Parliament, forScarborough, Member of the European Parliament, forYorkshire, Department for Transport, and Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. He was most prominent from 2013 to 2015. Robert was born on December 31st, 1956 in Terrington, North Riding of Yorkshire, England.


Oliver was born on October 25th, 1982 in Swindon.


Fred was born Fred Goodwill on February 20th, 1874 in Helperby, York, UK. Fred is also known as F Goodwill, Rev. Fred Goodwill, and Rev F. Goodwill. He breathed his last breath on May 1st, 1969.


Alfred Goodwill was a businessman and business. Alfred was born on November 7th, 1830 in London. Alfred is also known as Captain Alfred Goodwill. He left this life on November 27th, 1905.


Jasper Goodwill was a businessman and business. Jasper was born on November 18th, 1889 in Minden, Louisiana. He left this life on November 10th, 1974.


Tommy Goodwill is a soccer player for the Newcastle United F.C. Tommy was born in Seaton Delaval, England.


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Popularity of Goodwill as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Goodwill U.S.
  White 75.90% 64.26%
  African American 17.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Goodwill

People with the last name Goodwill are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Goodwill

  • How Popular is the name Goodwill? As a last name Goodwill was the 18,467th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Goodwill first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Goodwill is Sunday, November 14th, 1875.
  • How unique is the name Goodwill? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Goodwill. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Goodwill: Your name in reverse order is Lliwdoog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Wdlgloio. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Goodwill? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,498 people with the last name Goodwill.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Goodwill? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Goodwill as their last name since less than 1 person in 196k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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