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Godsall is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a person who was "gode," meaning "good," along with "saule, or soule," meaning "soul." Thus it is thought to have originally been a nickname for a good soul, or honest person, which then went on to become a hereditary surname.

Godsall Early Origins



The surname Godsall was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from very early times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D. We cannot support Lower, Bardsley, and Harrison who claim that the name was from Gods-Hill in the Isle of Wight.

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Godsall Spelling Variations


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Godsall Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Godsall include Godsell, Godsall, Goldsalde, Godseel, Godsel, Godsalve and many more.

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Godsall Early History


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Godsall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsall research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1505 and 1556 are included under the topic Early Godsall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godsall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Godsall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godsall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godsall In Ireland


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Godsall In Ireland



Some of the Godsall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Godsall were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Godsall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Godsall settled in Barbados in 1685 (sometimes spelling his name with one "l" and sometimes with two)

Godsall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Godsall, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee"

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Godsall Historic Events


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Godsall Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Richard Zeckariah  Godsall (1856-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    11. ...

    The Godsall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godsall Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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