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Early Origins of the Godbay family


The surname Godbay was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

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Early History of the Godbay family

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Early History of the Godbay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godbay research.
Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1455, 1487 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Godbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godbay Spelling Variations

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Godbay Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Godley, Godlee, Godlie, Godly, Godleigh, Godlay, Godelay, Godelegh, Goodleigh, Goodley, Goodlay, Goodlie, Goodlee, Godby, Godbey and many more.

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Early Notables of the Godbay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Godbay family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Godbay family to Ireland

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Migration of the Godbay family to Ireland


Some of the Godbay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Godbay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Godbay family to the New World and Oceana


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..

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The Godbay Motto

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The Godbay 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: Sans Dieu rien
Motto Translation: Without God, nothing.


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