The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Goddert family, whose name comes from the Germanic personal name Godhard,
which is composed of the elements god,
which means good,
which means brave
Early Origins of the Goddert family
The surname Goddert 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 Goddert family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Goddert 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 Goddert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Goddert Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.
Early Notables of the Goddert 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 Goddert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Goddert family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Goddert 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 Goddert 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.