Thought you might enjoy the following: My maiden name was Goodfellow. Years ago when I was young and single I joined the Foreign Service and served for two years at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy. We had a commissary in the basement of the Palazzo Margherita. The first time I went down there to shop for groceries, the local Italian employees addressed me as "Principessa Elisabetta." This was flattering the first time, but when it happened every time I shopped there, I began to be embarrassed, and finally I asked, "Why are you always calling me Princess Elizabeth?"The answer came, "Because your surname 'Goodfellow' translates in Italian into 'Boncompagni' which is the name of the royal family of Italy."
My Goodfellow grandfather, John Goodfellow, was born in 1842 in Hawick, Rox., Scotland, and emigrated to Canada (ending up in British Columbia) about 1862. His line back to the earliest Goodfellow we know of is as follows:
John Goodfellow (my grandfather) (1842-1912) (m. Florence Agassiz). They both lived and died at Seattle, WA. Alexander Scott Goodfellow (1807-1851) (m. Isabella Forrest) Hugh Goodfellow (1767-1847) (m. Elspeth Scott) Archibald Goodfellow (m. Betty Irvine) William Goodfellow (ca. 1693-1740) (m. Isabel Scott) Archibald Goodfellow (m. ___ Scott) Hector Goodfellow (b.___ probably in Cumberland, d. 1642 in Berwick)
This Goodfellow family originally belonged to the English side of the Border in Cumberland, particularly in the Parish of Bewcastle, according to family sources. There are cousins of the above settled in Ontario, and also kinsmen of this particular family settled in Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina -- most of the emigrations from Scotland taking place in mid 19th century.
A family speculation (unproven) as to origins of the name says that our Goodfellows were Huguenots, fleeing France after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, eventually settling in northern England where the local inhabitants translated their French name into English.
I am working with a number of people trying to round up loose ends of this Rox. family, and will welcome news from other researchers.
Elizabeth Goodfellow Engle (of Edmonds, WA, near Seattle) email@example.com