English: nickname for a good person, from Middle English gode + body good + person, creature (Old English bodig).
Variants: Goodbaudy, Goodboddy; Goodbury.
The surname is comparatively common in Ireland, where the earliest known bearer was John Goodbody, living in Cavan in 1631. During the 18th and 19th centuries most members of the Irish family were Quakers. The earliest known bearer of the name is Richard Godbodi, recorded in Coventry, Warwickshire, in 1221.
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