Godden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Godden family

The surname Godden was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, where the following are listed as both a forename and a surname: Godin de Bech, Cambridgeshire; Godun le Bere, Cambridgeshire; Roger Godin, Cambridgeshire; William Godin, Oxfordshire; John filius Goding, Huntingdonshire; Alice Goding, Cambridgeshire; and Alice Godon, Oxfordshire. [1]

The same rolls include Godun le Bere in Cheshire. Later Philip Guodun, Guodin was listed in the Assize Rolls of Somerset in 1280. [2]

The name is derived from "God or good. Saxon, and win, conqueror, that is, a conqueror in God, converted or victorious in God." [3]

Early records also listed the name in its Latin form. The Testa de Nevill, sive Liber Feodorum, temp. Henry III-Edward I listed Gaudinus de Albo Monast, 10 Henry III (during the tenth year of King Henry III's reign) and the Placita de Quo Warranto, temp. Edward I-III listed Gaudinus de Aseby, Lincolnshire, 20 Edward I (during the twentieth year of King Edward I's reign.) [4]

"Godden is an ancient Kent surname. The vicar of Reculver in 1663 was thus named, and in Folkestone church there is, or was, a memorial to a Godden of the date of 1636. The Goddens held the manor of Leyborne and much other property in the county during the 16th. century; and back in the 14th century we find a family of De Godden holding the manor of Godden in Tenterden parish, where the surname yet remains. This is in fact an early English surname, being represented in the forms of Godin and Goding in the adjacent county of Sussex during the 13th century." [5]

Early History of the Godden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godden research. Another 132 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1548, 1455, 1487, 1624, 1688, 1624, 1661, 1678 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Godden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godden Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godden, Goden, Kodden, Goddings, Godding, Goddin and many more.

Early Notables of the Godden family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Godden, (1624-1688) born Thomas Tylden, an English courtier implicated in the Titus Oates plot. He was the son of William Tylden, gentleman, of Dartford, Kent and was born at Addington in that county in 1624, and educated at a private school kept by Mr. Gill in Holborn. "In 1661 he was appointed chaplain and preceptor to the Princess Catharine of Braganza, the destined consort of Charles II, and the year following he accompanied her to England, and had apartments assigned to him in the palace of Somerset House. In 1678 Godden was accused of...
Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Godden migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Christopher Fred. Godden, aged 22, who landed in America from Sittingbourne, England, in 1905
  • George A. Godden, aged 8, who immigrated to the United States from Guernsey, England, in 1907
  • John William Godden, aged 30, who landed in America from London, England, in 1907
  • William A. Godden, aged 7, who landed in America from Guernsey, England, in 1907
  • Leonard Edward Godden, aged 2, who landed in America from Ashford, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Godden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Herbert D. Godden, aged 39, who settled in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1910
  • Olive G. Godden, aged 25, who immigrated to Hamilton, Ontario, in 1910
  • Ronald Godden, aged 1, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1912
  • Dyason Herbert Godden, aged 41, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1912
  • Olive Godden, aged 28, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1912
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Godden migration to Australia +

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

Godden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Godden, (Rangeley), English convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Duncan" on 10th December 1840, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. James Godden, English convict who was convicted in Maidstone, Kent, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 28th March 1848, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) from Bermuda [7]
  • George Godden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Thomas Lowry" in 1848 [8]
  • Edward Godden, aged 35, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [9]
  • Mary Godden, aged 39, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1849 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Godden (post 1700) +

  • Kimberly Pate Godden, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 2008 [10]
  • Edwin John Godden (1888-1979), English-born businessman and politician in Newfoundland who represented Trinity Bay and then Trinity South (1924-1932)
  • The Ven Max Leon Godden MA (1923-2000), English Archdeacon of Lewes (1972-1975)
  • Gertrude M. Godden OBE, English author of works on anthropology and folklore
  • Malcolm Reginald Godden (b. 1945), English chair holder of the Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon in the University of Oxford
  • Anthony Leonard "Tony" Godden (b. 1955), English former football goalkeeper from Gillingham, England
  • Winsome Ruth Key Godden (1906-1984), English novelist, born in Assam, India, sister of Margaret Rumer Godden
  • Margaret Rumer Godden OBE (1907-1998), English author of over 60 fiction and nonfiction books
  • Matthew James "Matty" Godden (b. 1991), English professional footballer from Canterbury, England
  • Tony Godden (b. 1972), former Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Testa de Nevill or "Liber Feodorum" or "Book of Fees," thought to have been written by Ralph de Nevill, for King John (1199–1216)
  5. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/duncan
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bangalore
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) THOMAS LOWRY 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848ThomasLowry.htm
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "PRINCE REGENT" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849PrinceRegent.htm
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 23) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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