Godley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Godley family

The surname Godley was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Godley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godley research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1294, 1455, 1487 and 1893 are included under the topic Early Godley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godley, Godlee, Godlie, Godly, Godleigh, Godlay, Godelay, Godelegh, Goodleigh, Goodley, Goodlay, Goodlie, Goodlee, Godby, Godbey and many more.

Early Notables of the Godley family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Godley family to Ireland

Some of the Godley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godley migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Godley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Godley, aged 28, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • M Godley, who arrived in San Francisco California in 1851 [1]
  • F Godley, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
Godley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Godley, aged 18, who landed in America from Hurst Green, in 1904
  • Kate Godley, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Reginald Godfrey Godley, aged 14, who landed in America from Leeds, England, in 1908
  • Wilhelmina Godley, aged 40, who settled in America from Scarboro, England, in 1908
  • Ethel Ginevra Godley, aged 42, who immigrated to the United States from Scarboro, England, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Godley (post 1700)

  • George McMurtrie Godley II (1917-1999), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Congo (Leopoldville), (1964-1666), Laos, (1969-1973) and Lebanon, (1974-1976)
  • Leonidas Mahlon Godley (1836-1904), Union Army soldier during the American Civil War who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863
  • Lloyd Godley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1956 (alternate), 1960 [2]
  • Harry Gabriel Godley, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in La Romana, 1949 [2]
  • Sidney Frank Godley VC (1889-1957), English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the first Private to be awarded the VC in World War I
  • Kevin Michael Godley (b. 1945), English musician and music video director
  • George Albert Godley (1857-1941), English police officer who was involved in the hunt for Jack the Ripper in 1888
  • John Raymond Godley DSC (b. 1920), 3rd Baron Kilbracken, English-born, Irish peer, wartime naval pilot, journalist, author and farmer
  • William "Bill" Godley (b. 1879), English footballer
  • Alfred Denis "A.D." Godley (1856-1925), English classical scholar and author, Public Orator at the University of Oxford (1910-1920)
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Godley family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Sidney George Godley (d. 1939), British Stoker 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [3]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Thomas G. Godley, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [4]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Auguste Godley, aged 38, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking [5]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  4. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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