The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The Spanish surname of GODOY was a habitation name from a place in Galicia. The origin of the placename is uncertain, but it has been suggested the name was derived from the elements GUOS (God) + WIHS (saint). In the 8th century, Spain fell under the control of the Moors, and this influence, which lasted into the 12th century, has also left its mark on Hispanic surnames. A few names are based directly on Arabic personal names. The majority of Spanish occupational and nickname surnames, however, are based on ordinary Spanish derivatives. In Spain identifying patronymics are to be found as early as the mid-9th century, but these changed with each generation, and hereditary surnames seem to have come in slightly later in Spain than in England and France. As well as the names of the traditional major saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common Spanish surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. For the most part these names are characteristically Hispanic. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries.
A notable member of the name was Manuel de GODOY, Duke of Alcudia (1767-1851) the Spanish statesman, born in Badajoz. A member of Charles IV's bodyguard he became the royal favourite and was made prime minister in 1792, having encompassed the deposing of Aranda. He led Spain into a series of disasters which culminated in the French invasion of 1808, when the king was obliged to imprison him as a protection from popular fury. He subsequently intrigued with Napoleon and spent the rest of his life in exile in Rome and Paris, where he died. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.
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