Gottard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Gottard reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is based on the Germanic personal name Godhard, which is composed of the elements god, which means good, and hard, which means brave or strong.

Early Origins of the Gottard family

The surname Gottard was first found in Wiltshire at Berwick-Bassett, a parish, in the union of Marlborough, hundred of Calne, Marlborough and Ramsbury. "The ancient manorhouse [of Berwick-Bassett], many ages since the residence of the Goddard family, is still remaining." [1]

Important Dates for the Gottard family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gottard research. Another 98 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1200, 1208, 1221, 1299, 1617 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Gottard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gottard Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Gottard has been recorded under many different variations, including Goddard, Goddart, Godard, Godart, Godarte, Godert, Godderd and many more.

Early Notables of the Gottard family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Jonathan Goddard (1617-1675), an English physician, Army Surgeon to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, an active member of the...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gottard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gottard migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Gottards were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Gottard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Gottard, aged 27, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [2]

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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