It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Godsman was formed. The name was derived from from the baptismal name for the son of Godmund. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Godsman family
The surname Godsman 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.
Early History of the Godsman family
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Godsman 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 Godsman include Goodman, Goodmann and others.
Early Notables of the Godsman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Godsman family to Ireland
Some of the Godsman family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Godsman family to the New World and Oceana
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 Godsman were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Godsman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William R. Godsman, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1909
- Paul B. Godsman, who settled in America, in 1911
- John Godsman, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Godsman (post 1700)
- Carroll Godsman, American actress, known for her work in Beefcake (1998), Snow Angels (2007) and Fatal Desire (2006)
- Annie Rose Godsman, American illustrator, best known for her illustration in the 1968 children's book Doggy Poo
- P. B. Godsman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1916 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- John Godsman (1740-1790), birth name of William Davidson, a Scottish-born, Canadian lumber merchant, shipbuilder and politician