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Early Origins of the Godby family

The surname Godby was first found in Gascony (French: Gascogne), an area of southwest France bordering Spain, that was part of the "Province of Guyenne and Gascony" prior to the French Revolution, where the family was established in Aurbous, a village in the Basses-Pyrénées, in the district of Pau. [1]

Early History of the Godby family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godby research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1634, 1666, 1670, 1674, 1684, 1759, 1843, 1866 and 1927 are included under the topic Early Godby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godby Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godbout, Godebout, Godbold, Godebold, Godbert, Godebert, Godbard, Godebard, Godbart, Godebart, Godbil, Godebille, Godebilles, Godby, Godeby and many more.

Early Notables of the Godby family

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Godby Ranking

In the United States, the name Godby is the 17,760th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]


United States Godby migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Godby, aged 36, who was aboard the ship "Sea Venture" who wrecked in Bermudas in 1609, they managed to build a new ship to continue to Jamestown in 1610. [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Godby, aged 38, who arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1610 aboard the ship "Deliverance" [4]
  • Joane Godby, aged 42, who arrived in Virginia in 1621 aboard the ship "Flying Hart" [3]
  • Tho Godby, who arrived in Virginia in 1653 [3]
Godby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Andrw Godby, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1849 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Godby (post 1700) +

  • J. Thomas Godby (b. 1926), American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1959-60 [5]
  • James Godby (1790-1815), English stipple-engraver who worked in London; his earliest known engraving is a portrait of Edward Snape, farrier to George III, engraved in 1791 [6]


  1. Dionne, N.-E., Les Canadiens-Francais Origine Des Familles. Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 1969. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?". NameCensus.com, https://namecensus.com/last-names/
  3. 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)
  4. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020


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