Godder is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name Godder comes from the Germanic personal name Godhard,
which is composed of the elements god,
which means good,
which means brave
Early Origins of the Godder family
The surname Godder 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Godder family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godder research.Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1208, 1221, 1299, 1617 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Godder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Godder Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.
Early Notables of the Godder 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... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godder Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Godder family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Godder or a variant listed above: 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..
The Godder Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Cervus non servus
Motto Translation: A stag not enslaved.