Godefroy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Godefroy family
The surname Godefroy was first found in Hamburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation which would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in the local social and political affairs. Gode is also connected to several place names in the Holstein region.
We did find this interesting entry that we felt we should include. William Godel ( fl. 1173), was a historian, who "is only known from the allusions in his chronicle, in which he never mentions himself by name. Under the year 1145 he says: ‘This year I, who compiled this work from various histories, entered a monastery; in age a youth, and by race an Englishman.’ But at the end of the manuscript (Bibliothèque Nationale, 4893, sec. xiii) there is a note in a hand of the fourteenth century, stating that the author was William Godel, a monk of St. Martial at Limoges. . He was ordained priest of Leuroux by Pierre de la Châtre, archbishop of Bourges, who died in 1171. Godel seems to have been fond of travel, and so perhaps often changed his monastery till, dying at St. Martial, he left his chronicle there. " 
Early History of the Godefroy family
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Godefroy Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Gode, Godde, Goddes, Godeassi, Godeau, Godec, Godefroy, Gödel, Godelin, Godelmann, Godenraedt, Gödens, Gödesen, Godet and many more.
Early Notables of the Godefroy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Godefroy family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers who traveled to the New World and established themselves along the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries..
Contemporary Notables of the name Godefroy (post 1700) +
- Hugh C. Godefroy, Canadian fighter pilot and flying ace in the Royal Air Force then the Royal Canadian Air Force, during World War II, credited with 7 aerial victories
- Godefroy Engelmann (1788-1839), French-born, lithographer and chromolithographer who worked extensively in Germany
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print