Godman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Godman came from from the baptismal name for the son of Godmund. [1]

Adam Goddam or Woodham (d. 1358) was a Franciscan, "born towards the end of the thirteenth century, and attended Ockham's lectures on the ‘Sentences’ of Peter Lombard at Oxford, where he was presumably a member of the Franciscan convent. His studies under Ockham must have ended in the first years of the fourteenth century, when his master went to Paris." [2]

Early Origins of the Godman family

The surname Godman was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 listed Godman(nus), Godeman(us). [3] Some of the first entries for the name appeared as appeared as a forename as in Godeman de Waledena in the Pipe Rolls for Hertfordshire in 1176; and Godman de Offenchurche in the Assize Rolls for Warwickshire in 1221.

Astcelinus Godeman was listed at Winton, Hampshire in 1115 and Nicholas Godman was listed in Suffolk in 1188. Henry le Godman was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls for Cheshire in 1275 and Gerard Gudman was listed as holding lands in Yorkshire in 1352. [4]

Early History of the Godman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godman research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1601, 1601, 1529, 1560, 1583, 1656, 1582, 1583, 1649, 1699, 1651, 1520, 1603, 1520 and are included under the topic Early Godman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godman Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Godman has been recorded under many different variations, including Goodman, Goodmann and others.

Early Notables of the Godman family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Gabriel Goodman (1528-1601), Dean of Westminster in 1601, born at Ruthin, Denbighshire, about 1529, was second son of Edward Goodman (d. 1560), merchant and burgess of Ruthin. Godfrey Goodman (c.1583-1656), Anglican Bishop of Gloucester, born at Ruthin, Denbighshire, 28 Feb. 1582-1583, was second son of Godfrey Goodman. Cardell Goodman (Cardonell) (1649?-1699), was an English actor of the King's Company at Drury Lane...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Godman family to Ireland

Some of the Godman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Godman migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Godman or a variant listed above:

Godman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Godman, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • William Godman, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Godman (post 1700) +

  • William E. V. Godman, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bladensburg, Maryland, 1883-85, 1889-93 [6]
  • Leroy H. Godman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1928, 1932, 1936 [6]
  • Patricia Godman (1939-2019), née Leonard, a Scottish Labour Party politician


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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