Godkin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Godkin was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name for the son of Godfrey. Baptismal names were a form of patronymic surnames, and came from either the religious or vernacular given name traditions. In this case, the patronym was adopted from the personal name of the bearers father.
Early Origins of the Godkin family
The surname Godkin was first found in Kent. One of the first records of the name was Henricus filius Godefrid who was listed in the Pipe Rolls taken during the reign of King Henry II (1154-1189.) 
It is generally believed that he was related to William Godefridus of Normandy listed in a census there taken 1180-1198. 
However, the Godfrey variant had many early references including Godfrey the Bearded (c.?997-1069); and his son, Godfrey IV, Duke of Lower Lorraine (died 1706), known as the Hunchback who was assassinated in Vlaardingen; Godfrey of Bouillon (c. 1060-1100), a medieval Frankish knight, one of the leaders of the First Crusade, Godfrey of Cambrai, the prior of Winchester Abbey from 1082 until his death in 1107; and Godfrey (died 1088), medieval Bishop of Chichester.
"In the churchyard [of Woodford, Essex] is a splendid Corinthian column of marble, about forty feet in height, erected to the memory of the Godfrey family, which flourished many years in Kent; also a tomb with a column entirely covered with ivy, of picturesque appearance; and a remarkably fine old yew-tree." 
Early History of the Godkin family
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Godkin Spelling Variations
Godkin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Godkin have been found, including Godfrey, Godfry, Godfrie, Godfree, Godfery, Godkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Godkin family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1622-1678), English politician, London woodmonger and Justice of the Peace, his unsolved murder was one of the most celebrated historical mysteries; Richard Godfrey...
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Migration of the Godkin family to Ireland
Some of the Godkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 120 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Godkin migration to the United States ||+|
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Godkins to arrive on North American shores:
Godkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Godkin who settled in New York in 1815
- Henry Godkin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Godkin (post 1700) ||+|
- Edwin Lawrence Godkin (1831-1902), Irish-born, American journalist and newspaper editor from County Wicklow, founder of The Nation, editor-in-chief of the New York Evening Post (1883 to 1899), eponym of the annual Godkin Lectures, Harvard
- Lawrence Godkin (1860-1929), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1912 
- George Albert Godkin (1860-1919), Canadian jeweler, watchmaker and politician in Prince Edward Island
- James Godkin (1806-1879), Irish author and journalist from Gorey, County Wexford
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: Deus et libertas
Motto Translation: God and liberty.
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