Goddard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Goddard is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Goddard comes 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 Goddard family

The surname Goddard 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 Goddard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goddard 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 Goddard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Goddard Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.

Early Notables of the Goddard 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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Goddard migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Goddard or a variant listed above were:

Goddard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Goddard, who landed in New Hampshire in 1630 [2]
  • John Goddard, who landed in Dover, Massachusetts in 1632
  • William Goddard purchased land in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Goddard, who arrived in America in 1635 [2]
  • Anthony Goddard, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Goddard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Goddard, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • James Goddard, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733 [2]
Goddard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Goddard, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [2]
  • E B Goddard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • R Goddard, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [2]
  • Emma Goddard, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1862 [2]
  • Matthew Goddard, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [2]
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Goddard migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Goddard Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Goddard, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Goddard migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Goddard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Goddard, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • George Goddard a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [4]
  • Robert Goddard a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1836 [4]
  • Robert Goddard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rapid" in 1838 [5]
  • George Goddard, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Goddard migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Goddard Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Goddard, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Whitby" in 1841
  • Samuel Goddard, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Elizabeth Goddard, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Cephas Goddard, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Martha Goddard, aged 20, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Goddard (post 1700)

  • Robert Hutchings Goddard (1882-1945), American professor and scientist, one of the "fathers of modern rocketry," eponym of the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), a major NASA space research laboratory in Greenbelt, Maryland
  • Paul Goddard (1946-2014), American bassist with the Atlanta Rhythm Section
  • John Goddard (1924-2013), American adventurer, explorer, author, and lecturer
  • Samuel Pearson Goddard Jr. (1919-2006), American politician, 12th Governor of Arizona
  • Brigadier General George William Goddard (1889-1987), United States Air Force Brigadier General, and a pioneer in aerial photography
  • Charles William Goddard (1879-1951), American playwright and screenwriter
  • Charles A. Goddard, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Cheshire; Elected 1930 [7]
  • Charles A. Goddard, American Republican politician, Member of Ohio board of public works; Elected 1897 [7]
  • Calvin Goddard (1768-1842), American politician, Mayor of Norwich, Connecticut, 1814; Superior Court Judge in Connecticut, 1815-18 [7]
  • C. W. Goddard, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1916 [7]
  • ... (Another 51 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Goddard family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Goddard (1868-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Bertram  Goddard (1886-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Cornwall
  • Peter Goddard (d. 1942), British Sub Lieutenant Paymaster (S) aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [10]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Sidney Goddard (b. 1921), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Windsor, Berkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]

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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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Rapid.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAPID 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rapid.gif
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  11. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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