The rich and ancient history of the Godsmand family name dates back to the time of the
tribes of Britain. It comes from from the baptismal name for the
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsmand 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 Godsmand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Godsmand have been found, including Goodman, Goodmann and others.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Godsmand, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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..