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The surname Godsey was first found in Austria, where the name Godsey became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the name became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Godsey, Gottschee, Godske, Goddes, Godeassi, Gotsche, Gotty, Götze and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsey research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1662, 1663, 1786, 1794, and 1841 are included under the topic Early Godsey History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Godsey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johann Jacob Gotschi, who came to North Carolina in 1710; Heinrich Gotschi, who arrived in North Carolina in 1743; Johann Gottschi, who immigrated to Pennsylvania in 1749.

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  • George Robert Godsey (b. 1979), American football tight ends coach for the New England Patriots
  • Fred Godsey, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Pará, 1943
  • Brenda K. Godsey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1996
  • Raleigh Kirby Godsey (b. 1936), American academic, seventeenth president of Mercer University
  • Steve Godsey (b. 1955), American politician, County Mayor of Sullivan County, Tennessee


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  1. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  2. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  6. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Godsey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godsey 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.

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