Godsmane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Godsmane has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from from the baptismal name for the son of Godmund. [1]

Early Origins of the Godsmane family

The surname Godsmane 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 Godsmane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godsmane 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 Godsmane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Godsmane Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Godsmane include Goodman, Goodmann and others.

Early Notables of the Godsmane family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Godsmane family to Ireland

Some of the Godsmane 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 Godsmane family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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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