The surname Godenberg developed into a surname independently, from a few sources. It evolved from the Low German word "Gude," meaning "good. " It came from the Frisian word "Gudde." As well as from the German Gut(h), which was used in the Middle Ages to refer to a free man of noble birth.
Early Origins of the Godenberg family
The surname Godenberg was first found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local
social and political affairs. Gude is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region. The earliest instance of the name appears to be of a knight in Upper Alsace in 1251 with the name Guotman. A Herman der Guot is on record in Suz in 1236; and a Gerhard de Guden was on record in Kolberg in 1277.
Early History of the Godenberg family
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Godenberg Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gude, Gudde, Gudenau, Gudentz, Guenus, Güder, Gudiel, Gudin, Guedin, Guchte, Gute, Guten, Guter, Guth, Gutte, Gutteling, Guttenberg, Guettenberg, Guttenberg and many more.
Early Notables of the Godenberg family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time included Marquard Gude (1635-1689), a German archaeologist and classical scholar; Johann Gottfried von Guttenberg (1645-1698), Franconian nobleman, Prince-Bishop of Würzburg 1684-1698; and Johann... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godenberg Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Godenberg family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Gudden, who came to Barbados or Jamaica in 1687; Hendrick Gutt, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730; Catherine Gutt, who was on record in Pennsylvania in 1750.