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Where did the French Godina family come from? What is the French Godina family crest and coat of arms? When did the Godina family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Godina family history?

In the medieval era, many new names came to France. Godina originated during that time in the province of Forez. Godina was derived from the personal name Godwine, which means good protector.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Godin, Godain, Godaint, Godein, Godaing, Godine, Goddin, Goddain, Goddaint, Goddein, Goddaing, Goddine, Gaudain, Gaudaint, Gaudein, Gaudaing, Gaudine, Gauddin, Gauddain, Gauddaint, Gauddein, Gauddaing and many more.

First found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire département, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the noble family held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godina research. Another 162 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1700, 1795, and 1800 are included under the topic Early Godina History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godina Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Susanne Godin settled in Maryland in 1763; Joseph Godin settled in the parish of Saint-Pierre, Quebec, in 1903.

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  • John Godina (b. 1972), American Olympic shot putter medalist
  • Tanja Godina (b. 1970), Solvenia Olympic back stroke swimmer


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  2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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  6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore. Print.
  7. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. de la Porte, A. Tresor Heraldique. Paris: F. Casterman, 1864. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Godina Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godina Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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