Godfrey Family History

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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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Godfrey Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Godfrey name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Godfrey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Godfrey Family Origin

Where is the Godfrey family from?

Godfrey Family Occupations

What did your Godfrey ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Godfrey occupation in Canada was Farmer. 20% of Godfrey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Godfrey family was Shoemaker. Farmer, Carpenter and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Godfrey.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Laborer

  • Shoemaker


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Godfrey Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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

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Draft Card

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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Godfrey Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Godfrey ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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