Goddeart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Goddeart is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. Goddeart 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 Goddeart family

The surname Goddeart 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 Goddeart family

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

Goddeart Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Goddeart include Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.

Early Notables of the Goddeart 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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Migration of the Goddeart family

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Goddearts to arrive on North American shores: John Goddard landed in Dover, Massachusetts in 1632 and William Goddard purchased land in Watertown in the same state in 1635. By the mid-1800's the Goddard name was found in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and as far west as San Francisco..

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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