Godile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the Godile family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Yorkshire, which was the largest county in northern England and was divided into three administrative ridings, North Riding, West Riding, and East Riding. It was bordered by the counties of Durham, Westmorland, Lancashire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The town of York was the military capital of Roman Britain, the capital of Northumbria, and was the seat of an Archbishop. Yorkshire was also the home of the House of York, which was an English royal dynasty from 1461 to 1485. The reigning members of the House of York were Edward IV, Edward V and Richard III. Their rivalry with the House of Lancaster resulted in the Wars of the Roses, which lasted from 1455 to 1485 and ended when the Lancastrian Henry VII united the two houses by marrying Elizabeth, the daughter of Edward IV.
Early Origins of the Godile family
The surname Godile was first found in West Riding of Yorkshire at Gowdall, a township, in the parish of Snaith, union of Goole, Lower division of the wapentake of Osgoldcross.  In the 12th century, this parish was known as Goodale,   and literally meant "nook of land where marigolds grow," from the Old English words "golde" + halh."  However, two sources claim the name was derived from "good hall."   The former also postulates it could have been derived from "good - ale."
The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 have numerous entries of the family including: Villa de Goldale; Johannes Godhale; Ricardus de Goldall; and Johannes Godhall. Over in the East Riding of Yorkshire the Poll Tax of Howdenshire, again recorded in 1379 listed: Agnes Godhall; and Johannes Gudhall. 
Important Dates for the Godile family
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Godile Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Godile were recorded, including Goodall, Goodale, Godall, Godale, Goodell and others.
Early Notables of the Godile family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Godile family to Ireland
Some of the Godile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Godile family
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Godile arrived in North America very early: Abraham Goodale who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1634; along with Isaac, Catherin, Mary (2); Robert Goodale settled in Salem in 1634; Thomas Goodale settled in Boston in 1716.
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- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
- ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames. 1862. Print.