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Godbey Early Origins



The surname Godbey 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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Godbey Spelling Variations


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Godbey 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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Godbey Early History


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Godbey Early History



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

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Godbey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Godbey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Godbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godbey In Ireland


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Godbey In Ireland



Some of the Godbey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godbey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Daniel Godbey, who landed in Maryland in 1668

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Contemporary Notables of the name Godbey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Godbey (post 1700)



  • Martin Van Buren Godbey (b. 1879), American Republican politician, Physician; Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Boone County, 1909-10; Member of West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1915-18, 1921-22
  • David C. Godbey (b. 1957), United States federal judge

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


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Godbey Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Godbey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godbey 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 October 2015 at 10:05.

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