Godfray family page
This family has been long established in Jersey. With a record of a spelling variant in 1200, it qualifies as one of the very earliest surnames in the island
Ada Rebecca Godfray with Cyril Bacon
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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 and Elizabeth Nicolle
- Descendants of Jean Godfray - 3 Another, more extensive, version of the above from a different source, added 2019
- Descendants of Bernabey Godfray
- 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
- Godfray baptisms in Jersey
- Godfray marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Godfray marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Godfray burials in Jersey
- 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
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