Origin of Surname
This family name originates with the personal name Godfrey, or Godefroi, the leader of the first Crusade.
The personal name Godfrey, is ultimately of Old German origin, as "Godafrid", a compound of "Guda, Goda", god, with "frithu, frid", peace. There was a corresponding Old English given name, "Godfrith", but it was not common, and most of the modern surnames derive from the Norman form of the German name, "Godefroi, Godefrois", introduced into England after the Conquest of 1066.
The given name is recorded in its Latinized form in the Domesday Book of 1086, as "Godefridus", and the surname development includes Alan Godefre (1252, Huntingdonshire), and Maud Godefray (1277, Nottinghamshire).
The first record of the name is that of Symon Godefrei, which was dated 1221, in the "Charters of Ely", Suffolk, during the reign of King Henry III.
Godfray is found in the Assize Roll of 1309.
Over 850 baptisms of Godfrays and variants are in our database, starting as early as 1546.
This family settled in Jersey some time previous to 1600, in the person of Drouet Godfray. His son, Humphrey Godfray, as appears by family tradition, based on documentary evidence, having sold some landed property in the county of Northumberland (whence his fether had emigrated), purchased an estate in the parish of St Martin, near St Catherine's Bay. Thence, in the middle of the last century, the representative of the elder branch of the family, Philip Godfray, removed to Anneville, on his marriage with Sarah, daughter and eventual heiress of George Messervy. Their eldest son, Philip Godfray, on the death of his mother, inherited this estate, and in 1773 married Frances, the daughter and heiress of Francis Fauvel, a member of a wealthy insular family. The eldest son of this marriage, Philip Godfray, was for several years Constable of St Martin.
- Godfrey, 1528
- Godfray, 1668
- Godfroy 1461
- Godefre 1402
- Godeffre 1363
- Godeffroy, 1331
- Godefrei 1381
- Godefrey, 1309
- Godefreye 1540
- Godefridi 1229
- Godefrithis 1200
- Descendants of Jean Godfray - 3
- Descendants of Jean Godfray
- Descendants of Jean Godfray - 2 Added 2017 , a different Jean at the head of a tree going back to 1581
- Descendants of Philip Godfray links to the above and follows a different descent from the early 18th century
- Descendants of Thomas Godfray
- Descendants of Edmund Godfray
- Descendants of Edouard Godfray
- Descendants of Edouard Godfray - 2 another descendancy Added 2018
- Descendants of Philippe Godfray Added 2021
- Descendants of Guillaume Godfray Added 2021
- Descendants of Thomas Godfray - 2 Added 2021
- Godfray baptisms in Jersey
- Godfray marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Godfray marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Godfray burials in Jersey
- Advocate Francois Godfray
- Brigadier General John William Godfray
- Hugh Godfray
- Humphrey Godfray
- Philip Godfray: Prominent 19th century photographer
- Philip Godfray, 1848 land valuer
- Charles Godfray appointed to reservoir planning committee in 1848
- John Godfray on committee to examine Constable of St Helier's accounts in 1848
- Francis Godfray sworn in as Constable of St Saviour in 1848
Great War service
- Godfray family members who served in World War 1
- Presentation to Corporal Charles Arthur Godfray, MM, at the Town Hall
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New Zealand doctor
The staff of Waipukurau Hospital in New Zealand in 1895. Jerseyman Dr Sydney Charles Godfray is sitting on the right and the woman at his shoulder is Matron Godfray, his sister.
Surgeon Sydney Charles Godfray, one of the sons of Alfred Charles and Henriette Susanne Pirouet, emigrated and lived in Waipawa, New Zealand. He sailed aboard the Knight Templar in February 1900 from New Zealand to South Africa, to treat soldiers injured in the Anglo-Boer War. He was in the 3rd Contingent who were in South Africa for a year (March 1900 to March 1901). He served with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles and was mentioned in Lord Kitchener's despatch of 8 March 1901 for Valuable Services Rendered. He was promoted to Surgeon Captain.
Surgeon Captain Godfray was in charge of the Waipukurau Hospital at Waipawa when the Third Contingent of New Zealand Mounted Rifles (known as the New Zealand Rough Riders) was sent from New Zealand to Durban, South Africa. He accompanied that corps, and saw some very active service with the Rough Riders. At the Rhenoster Kop action on 28 November 1900 the doctor played a valorous part. While attending to the injured he was himself wounded in the thigh, sustaining a severe fracture as a result of the ambulance he was in being attacked and riddled with bullets.
He went into hospital, made a good recovery, and then returned to the front again. He came home to New Zealand in late February 1901 for "urgent private reasons". He told a reporter from the New Zealand Evening Post that the campaign had been rich in experience for him, and he had thoroughly enjoyed the work that had fallen to his lot.
It seems that Surgeon-Captain Godfray was twice wounded, yet stuck to the duty of tending his comrades. Apparently the men of the Third declared that he deserved a VC, but "as no Imperial officer happened along to see the gallant deeds he performed while succouring the wounded, then he didn't get it".
The Evening Post of 13 August 1900 carried a report concerning the men at the front, and this mentioned that Surgeon Captain Godfray was seriously contemplating applying to be relieved, with the object of proceeding to England on matters connected with his profession.
Surgeon Captain Godfray is one of the men commemorated on the South African War Memorial in Napier, that was unveiled by Lord Plunkett, Governor of the Colony, on 10 February 1906. The memorial tablets were erected by the people of Hawke's Bay to commemorate the part taken by troopers from the District in the South African War 1899-1902, and as a tribute to patriotism shown by them in offering their services in the empire's cause.
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