Godard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Godard family

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]

Important Dates for the Godard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godard research. Another 98 words (7 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Godard family (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...
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Godard migration to the United States

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 [2]
  • William Godard, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1665 [2]
  • Sarah Godard, who landed in Virginia in 1666 [2]
  • Joseph Godard, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 [2]
Godard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Godard, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Math Godard, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [2]
  • Mary Godard, who arrived in Virginia in 1719 [2]
Godard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Rene Godard, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1804 [2]

Godard migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Etienne Godard, son of François and Louise, married Marie-Madeleine De La Voye, daughter of René and Anne, in Sainte-Anne, Quebec on 6th October 1687 [3]
Godard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Noel Godard, son of Etienne and Marie-Madeleine, married Catherine Mineau, daughter of René and Marie-Anne, in Yamaska, Quebec on 14th January 1732 [3]
  • Antoine Godard, son of Etienne and Marie-Madeleine, married Madeleine Dubois, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Anne, in Saint-Nicolas, Quebec on 26th November 1733 [3]
  • Francois Godard, who landed in Canada in 1738
  • Pierre Godard, son of Etienne and Marie-Madeleine, married Madeleine Morand, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Élisabeth, in Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pérade, Quebec on 3rd November 1740 [3]
  • François Godard, son of François and Gabrielle, married Marie Blay, daughter of Jacques and Louise-Angélique, in Yamachine, Quebec on 25th February 1743 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Godard (post 1700)

  • Ronald D. Godard (b. 1942), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Guyana, 2000 [4]
  • Oliver C. Godard, American Democrat politician, First Selectman of Granby, Connecticut, 1911; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1912 [4]
  • L. D. Godard, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Texas City, Texas, 1950 [4]
  • Harvey E. Godard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Granby, 1920 [4]
  • Harlow Godard, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1849-50, 1858-59 [4]
  • H. B. Godard, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 7th District, 1854-55 [4]
  • Ensworth M. Godard, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canton, 1930 [4]
  • Charles W. Godard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1868 [4]
  • Aretas A. Godard, American Republican politician, Kansas State Attorney General, 1899-1903 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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