A few years ago I was working with a colleaguewho was from/resided in Stavanger Norway. When I indicated I was planning a trip to Norway, he asked me whether I was coming to see family because "Goodall is such a common name in Norway". This was quite a surprise to me and so during our trip I picked up a phone book in a B&B and tried to look up "Goodall". There were not any entries for Goodall, but there were plenty of entries for "Gudahl". I later discovered "Gudahl" is an old Norse word which translates into english as"minor noble" or lower aristocrate such as viscount, baron, etc. This appears to be consistent with the definition of Goodall as a land owner indicated by the previous posting. I suggest Goodall is a corruption of the original Gudahl and that it relates to name given to the local thug who lived in the stonehouse on the hill and held some of the locals in bondage.