Godsall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Godsall family
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.
Early History of the Godsall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsall research. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1556, 1542, 1568 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Godsall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
Early Notables of the Godsall family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir John Godsalve (b. circa 1505- d. 1556), Clerk of the Signet, and Comptroller of the Mint, was the son and heir of Thomas Godsalve (d. 1542), registrar of the consistory court at Norwich and an owner of landed property in Norfolk.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godsall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Godsall family to Ireland
Some of the Godsall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Godsall migration to the United States +
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, who settled in Barbados in 1685 (sometimes spelling his name with one "l" and sometimes with two)
Godsall migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Godsall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Godsall, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Godsall (post 1700) +
Historic Events for the Godsall family +
- Mr. Richard Zeckariah Godsall (1856-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the explosion but later died due to injuries 
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