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Godfrey Name Meaning

English: from the Norman personal name Godefrei, Godefroi(s), composed of the Germanic elements god, got ‘god’ + frid(u), fred ‘peace’. See also Jeffrey. Americanized form of Irish Mac Gothraidh or Ó Gothraidh, patronymics from the Irish equivalent of Godfrey (see 1 above), borrowed from the Vikings. Americanized form of the French surname Godefroi, of the same origin as 1.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Jeffrey, Wolfrey, Gorey, Cowdrey, Gosney, Rodney, Goree, Jodrey

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Where is the Godfrey family from?

You can see how Godfrey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Godfrey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Godfrey families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 92 Godfrey families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Godfrey's in USA. New York had the highest population of Godfrey families in 1840.
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What did your Godfrey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Godfrey. 15% of Godfrey men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Godfrey women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Godfrey were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 347,000 census records available for the last name Godfrey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Godfrey census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 33,000 immigration records available for the last name Godfrey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Godfrey. For the veterans among your Godfrey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Godfrey lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Godfrey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Godfrey in 1941 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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