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Early Origins of the Godsey family

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.

Early History of the Godsey family

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Godsey Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Godsey family (pre 1700)

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Godsey Ranking

In the United States, the name Godsey is the 5,128th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Godsey family

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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Godsey (post 1700) +

  • 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 [2]
  • Brenda K. Godsey, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1996 [2]
  • Raleigh Kirby Godsey (b. 1936), American academic, seventeenth president of Mercer University
  • Steve Godsey (b. 1955), American politician, County Mayor of Sullivan County, Tennessee

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. David L Godsey (1949-1985), American Sergeant 1st Class from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash [3]

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  3. American War Memorials - Flight 1285. (Retrieved 2016, August 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook