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The Godel family was probably indigenous to Jersey, as the name is not found in France. Certainly it was very prominent in Island affairs as early as 1180 and will have provided Seigneurs of the Fief Godel, later divided into that of La Godelière and ès Godeaux, from the 12th century until, in the case of the latter fief, about 1544.

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Guilles Godel was baptised in St Saviour in 1566


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Origin of Surname

This name probably originates with the Teutonic personal name Godbeald, diminished to Godbel or Gobel, meaning `tubby` [1]. It is not found in France, although there are names such as 'Godes', 'Godet' and 'Godey' which may be synonymous.

Early records

The Godels were one of Jersey`s leading medieval families. Roger Godel was in 1180 the King`s minister in Jersey of the Ministerium de Groceio (de Grouchy), one of the three districts into which the Island was then divided for administration and the collection of Crown revenues.

His family gave its name to the Fiefs of La Godelière, in the north of the parish of St Helier, and ès Godeaux in the south of Trinity. The former, called in 1274 the Fief Nicolas Godel, was held in that year by Nicolas Godel. It had passed, perhaps briefly, into the hands of the Payn family by the early 14th century.

That of ès Godeaux was held at the time of the 1309 Assize Roll by Raoul Godel and was recorded as being held in the 1331 Extente by Guillaume Godel, son of Guillaume. In the latter year, Raoul Godel, son of Guillaume, was recorded as owing the Crown 10 sous per annum for 20 vergées of land, a sum mentioned as still being due to the Crown, on the said land, in the 1528 Extente, by Clement Godel (c.1470-by 1535), who was evidently Raoul`s successor.

Long action

The fief itself must also have been, at this date, in the hands of Clement, as Richard Godel, his son, had evidently, by 1544, sold it to a member of the Lemprière family, which was the start of a long-lasting action against various Lemprières by his presumptive heir, Philippe Godel, specifically for the fief. [2]

Thomas Godel, son of the above Philippe, in his suit against the Lemprières, included demands for the return to his family of some former Brasdefer land, "Thomas Godel occupying and holding the land of the chef-mainte [3] ..of Brasdefer, in right of his wife, formerly Seigneur des Augrès".

This refers to a member of the powerful and long-extinct Brasdefer family, either Geoffrey Brasdefer [4] or Guillaume, who had married the heiress of Guillaume des Augrès, Seigneur des Augrès, who was alive in the 13th century. Geoffrey and Guillaume Brasdefer were both former Bailiffs of Jersey.

The Armorial of Jersey mentions that two of Geoffrey Brasdefer`s daughters married, respectively, Raoul Lemprière and Guillaume Payn, these being members of the two families with whom the Godels were evidently already engaged in litigation. The Lemprières had inherited Brasdefer`s Fief des Augrès, the Payns inherited other land, but the Brasdefer chef-mainte had passed, with its land into the Godel family. This indicates the existence of a third daughter or co-heiress of Geoffrey Brasdefer, who must have married a Godel.

The long drawn-out suit, regarding the exact Brasdefer inheritance and latterly the sale to the Lemprière family of the Fief ès Godeaux, was to the considerable detriment of the Godels. Litigation against two of the Island`s most powerful families, which might have been successful if brought by an earlier Godel, proved disastrous. Thomas Godel's son, named after his grandfather, Philippe, was obliged in 1609 to sell his house, "manoir" [the former Manoir des Augrès, now called "Brasdefer"] and land.

In the early 16th century, a younger son of the above Clement, Drouet Godel, was mentioned in the Jersey Chantry Certificate of 1550. Both he and Philippe Godel have descendants in Jersey. Sire Raoul Godel was in 1318, Rector of St Clement.

Variants

  • Godel, 1218
  • Gode
  • Goddell, 1607
  • Godell

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Notes and references

  1. ABSJ XIV, 40, 42
  2. Câtel Livre 9 (1544/5
  3. Principal holding
  4. Armorial of Jersey, 244 and 312
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