Godolphin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Godolphin family

The surname Godolphin was first found in Cornwall at Godolphin, a church district, in the parish of Breage, union of Helston, hundred of Kerrier. "This place, anciently called Godolcan, has been long celebrated for its tin-mines. It gave name to the family of Godolphin, who were its lords in the time of William the Conqueror, and of whom Sir Francis Godolphin, by his perseverance and success in mining, increased the customs more than £10,000 per annum in the reign of Elizabeth. Sidney, son of Sir William Godolphin, Bart., a distinguished statesman, was in 1689 created Baron Godolphin, of Rialton, which title, having become extinct, was revived in 1832. An old mansion on the Godolphin estate, belonging to the Duke of Leeds, is now occupied by a farmer." [1]

Important Dates for the Godolphin family

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Godolphin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godolphin, Godolcan, Godolghan, Godolhan, Godolfan and many more.

Early Notables of the Godolphin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir William Godolphin (1515-1570), an English soldier and Member of Parliament; Sir Francis Godolphin (1540-1608), an English Member of Parliament; Sir William Godolphin (1567-1613), of Godolphin in Cornwall, was an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1604 to 1611; William Godolphin (c 1605-1663), an English soldier and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1640 who fought for the Royalist cause in...
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Migration of the Godolphin family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Godolphin (post 1700)

  • Francis Godolphin Waldron (1744-1818), English writer and actor, member of Garrick's company at Drury Lane [2]
  • Reverend Francis Godolphin Pelham (1844-1905), 5th Earl of Chichester, a British cleric and nobleman

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019
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