Show ContentsGodina History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the medieval era, many new names came to France. Godina originated during that time in the province of Forez. Godina was derived from the personal name Godwine, which means good protector.

Early Origins of the Godina family

The surname Godina was first found in Forez, a former province of France, now part of the modern Loire department, the Haute-Loire and Puy-de-Dôme départements, where the noble family held a family seat from ancient times.

One of the first recordings of this ancient family occurs in 1584 when Pierre and Marguerite, the children of Jean, were involved in a proceeding with Jean Godin and Yves de Lus. Many members of this celebrated family were involved in the events of the times, such as, during the French Revolution, François Joseph Louis Godin, Baron of Godin, who was elected as a Deputy of Dyle to the Conseil des Anciens (council founded 1795 of men over 40 to weight decisions of the Assembly). Another important member of the family, Jean-Baptiste Godin, was a French politician and industrialist during the 1800's.

Charles Godin, born in 1631, son of Jacques and Marguerite of St.Laurent in Dauphine, travelled to Canada in the 17th century. After arriving in the province of Quebec he married Marie Boucher, daughter of Marin and Perinne, on 6th November 1656. They settled together in Quebec and had eighteen children to carry on the Godin name. [1]

Early History of the Godina family

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Godina Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godin, Godain, Godaint, Godein, Godaing, Godine, Goddin, Goddain, Goddaint, Goddein, Goddaing, Goddine, Gaudain, Gaudaint, Gaudein, Gaudaing, Gaudine, Gauddin, Gauddain, Gauddaint, Gauddein, Gauddaing and many more.

Early Notables of the Godina family (pre 1700)

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Godina Ranking

In the United States, the name Godina is the 18,209th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Godina migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godina Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Carlo Godina, aged 42, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Belvedere" from Trieste, Italy [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Godina (post 1700) +

  • John Godina (b. 1972), American Olympic shot putter medalist
  • Tanja Godina (b. 1970), Solvenia Olympic back stroke swimmer

  1. Olivier, Reginald L. Your Ancient Canadian Family Ties. Logan: The Everton Publishers, Inc., P.O. Box 368, 1972. Print
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Carlo Godina, 27 Apr 1920; citing departure port Trieste, arrival port New York City, New York, ship name Belvedere, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). on Facebook