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The ancestors of the Godard family arrived in England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Godard came from the Germanic personal name Godhard, which is composed of the elements god, which means good, and hard, which means brave or strong.

Godard Early Origins



The surname Godard was first found in Wiltshire at Berwick-Bassett, a parish, in the union of Marlborough, hundred of Calne, Marlborough and Ramsbury. "The ancient manorhouse [of Berwick-Bassett], many ages since the residence of the Goddard family, is still remaining." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Godard Spelling Variations


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Godard Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Godard are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Godard include Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.

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Godard Early History


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Godard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godard research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1208, 1221, 1299, 1617 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Godard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Godard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jonathan Goddard (1617-1675), an English physician, Army Surgeon to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, an active member of the...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Godard, or a variant listed above:

Godard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Rich Godard, who arrived in Virginia in 1665
  • William Godard, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1665
  • Sarah Godard, who landed in Virginia in 1666
  • Joseph Godard, who arrived in Maryland in 1669

Godard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Godard, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • Math Godard, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Mary Godard, who arrived in Virginia in 1719

Godard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rene Godard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804

Godard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Francois Godard, who landed in Canada in 1738
  • Mathew Godard, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

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Contemporary Notables of the name Godard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Godard (post 1700)



  • Ronald D. Godard (b. 1942), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, 2000
  • Oliver C. Godard, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Granby, Connecticut, 1911; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1912
  • L. D. Godard, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Texas City, Texas, 1950
  • Harvey E. Godard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1920
  • Harlow Godard, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1849-50, 1858-59
  • H. B. Godard, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 7th District, 1854-55
  • Ensworth M. Godard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canton, 1930
  • Charles W. Godard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868
  • Aretas A. Godard, American Republican politician, Kansas State Attorney General, 1899-1903
  • Abel Godard, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 17th District, 1866-67; Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1882-83
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cervus non servus
Motto Translation: A stag not enslaved.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  3. 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).
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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The Godard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godard 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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