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The name Godwin is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name for the son of Godwin.

Godwin Early Origins



The surname Godwin was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very early times. Godwin or Godwine (d. 1053) was an earl of Wessex, chief adviser to King Canute, who held great wealth and lands in those times. His son Harold Godwinson (circa 1022-1066) was Harold II of England, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, killed on October 14 1066 at the Battle of Hastings. Godwin, or Godwine was also the name of an 11th century Bishop of Lichfield, who died in 1020.

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Godwin Spelling Variations


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Godwin Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Godwin has been spelled many different ways, including Godwin, Goodwin, Goodin, Gooding, Goodings, Goodwyn, Godwyn, Godwine, Goodwine, Goddwin, Goddwyn, Goddywne and many more.

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Godwin Early History


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Godwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Godwin research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1219, 1296, 1177, 1273, 1327, 1500, 1562, 1633, 1594, 1665, 1603, 1674, 1641, 1660, 1695, 1677, 1654, 1655, 1659, 1600, 1680, 1597 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Godwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Godwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Francis Godwin (1562-1633), English divine, Bishop of Llandaff and of Hereford; John Goodwin (1594-1665), an English preacher, theologian and prolific author; John Goodwin (1603-1674), an English lawyer and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1641 and 1660, supporter of the...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Godwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Godwin In Ireland


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Godwin In Ireland



Some of the Godwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 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 in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Godwins to arrive in North America:

Godwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Reinould Godwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1620
  • Reinould Godwin, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Robert Godwin, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Daniel Godwin, who came to Virginia in 1635
  • Danll Godwin, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Godwin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Tho Godwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Rota Godwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Thomas Godwin, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Germain Casse Godwin, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724

Godwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Godwin settled in Pennsylvania in 1850

Godwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Godwin, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Jane Godwin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Thomas Godwin, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • Mr. Joseph Godwin, aged 38, a schoolmaster, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • William C. Godwin, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Godwin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Esther Godwin, aged 28, a housekeeper, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S.S. Arawa" in 1884
  • Esther Godwin, aged 28, a housekeeper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Godwin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Godwin (post 1700)



  • Katherine Godwin (1917-2015), American two-time First Lady of Virginia (1966-1970) and (1974-1978)
  • Tom Godwin (1915-1980), American science fiction author, best known for his many short stories
  • Parke Godwin (1816-1904), American journalist, associate editor of Putnam's Magazine
  • Parke Godwin (b. 1929), American writer, best known for his Robin Hood and The Masters of Solitude series of books
  • Gail Kathleen Godwin (b. 1937), American novelist and short story writer, five-time appearance on the New York Times best seller list
  • Gilman Chase Godwin (1840-1891), American Democrat politician, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1886-90
  • Abraham Godwin, American politician, Postmaster at Paterson, New Jersey, 1849
  • A. Pilson Godwin, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 1st District, 1907-10
  • Gwendolyn Godwin, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980
  • Hannibal Lafayette Godwin (1873-1929), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate, 1903-04; Member of North Carolina Democratic State Executive Committee, 1904-06
  • ... (Another 29 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Godwin Historic Events


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Godwin Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Frederick Charles Godwin (d. 1912), aged 35, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Godwin


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Suggested Readings for the name Godwin



  • Godwin by Jamie Ault Grady.
  • The Godwin Ancestry by Mrs. Millard Smith Trotter.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et virtute
Motto Translation: By fidelity and valour.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  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. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  6. 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).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  11. ...

The Godwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Godwin 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 13 November 2016 at 14:53.

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