The rich and ancient history of the Godait family name dates back to the time when France was immersed in the Dark Ages. This name from the Normandy
region of France is derived from the Norman-French given name Gaudi, which means ruler.
Early Origins of the Godait family
The surname Godait was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where this celebrated family has held a family seat
since ancient times.
Early History of the Godait family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godait research.Another 527 words (38 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1474, 1557, 1697, 1698, 1699, and 1700 are included under the topic Early Godait History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Godait Spelling Variations
Throughout the course of history most surnames have undergone changes for many reasons. During the early development of the French language, a son and father may not have chosen to spell their name the same way. Many are simple spelling changes by a person who gave his name, phonetically, to a scribe, priest, or recorder. Many names held prefixes or suffixes which became optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, we have many spelling variations
of this name, Godait some of which are Gaudet, Gaudette, Gaudait, Gaudais, Gaudey, Godet, Godette, Godait, Godais, Goder, Godee, Goday, Goddet, Goddette, Gauddet and many more.
Early Notables of the Godait family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Godait family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Godait has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Godait were Eugene Godet who settled in Philadelphia in 1843; Thomas Martin Debois Godet settled in Philadelphia in 1843; A Godey settled in San Francisco in 1852.