The name Godeart was carried to England
in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It comes from the Germanic personal name Godhard,
which is composed of the elements god,
which means good,
which means brave
Early Origins of the Godeart family
The surname Godeart 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 Godeart family
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Godeart 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 Godeart 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 Godeart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Godeart family to the New World and Oceana
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 Godeart or a variant listed above were: 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 Godeart 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.