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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.

Godsman Early Origins



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.

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Godsman Spelling Variations


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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.

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Godsman Early History


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Godsman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsman research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1528, 1601, 1601, 1583, 1656, 1649, 1699 and are included under the topic Early Godsman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godsman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Godsman Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Godsman In Ireland


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Godsman In Ireland



Some of the Godsman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Godsman (post 1700)


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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
  • John Godsman (1740-1790), birth name of William Davidson, a Scottish-born, Canadian lumber merchant, shipbuilder and politician

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Godsman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godsman 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.

    This page was last modified on 19 October 2015 at 15:16.

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