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Spelling variations of this family name include: Godbold, Goodbold, Godbald, Godball, Goodball, Gobat, Godbolt, Goodbolt, Goodbow and many more.

First found in Essex 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 year 1206 when Adam, son of Godboldi held estates in that shire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godbolt research. Another 285 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1242, 1455, and 1487 are included under the topic Early Godbolt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Godbolt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who were 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 Godbolt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godbolt 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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