Godsham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Godsham is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from from the baptismal name for the son of Godmund. [1]

Early Origins of the Godsham family

The surname Godsham was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Godsham family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsham research. Another 65 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1601, 1601, 1583, 1656, 1649, 1699 and are included under the topic Early Godsham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godsham Spelling Variations

Godsham has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Godsham have been found, including Goodman, Goodmann and others.

Early Notables of the Godsham family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godsham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Godsham family to Ireland

Some of the Godsham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 72 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Godsham family

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Godshams to arrive on North American shores: Robart Goodman, who came to Virginia in 1619; John Goodman who sailed on the "Mayflower" and arrived in 1620 at Plymouth, Massachusetts; Richard Goodman, who settled in Cambridge in 1632 and was later Constable of Hartford Conn..

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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