Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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 Godshall family
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 Godshall family
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Godshall Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Godshall were recorded, including Godsell, Godsall, Goldsalde, Godseel, Godsel, Godsalve and many more.
Early Notables of the Godshall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Godshall family to Ireland
Some of the Godshall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Godshall family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Godshall family emigrate to North America:
Godshall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Godshall (post 1700)
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