The Italian surname of GODINEZ was a baptismal name 'the son of Godwin' an early font name, although now long forgotten. The name was originally derived from the Old English word GODWINE, meaning a good friend and protector. The name was probably brought into England in the wake of the Norman Invasion of 1066. The name could possibly have also meant one living near or in the same small community. Variant spellings of the name include GOHIN, GODDEN, GODY, GODINO, GODINEAU and GOUINEAU. The origins of Italian surnames are not clear, and much work remains to be done on medieval Italian records. It seems that fixed bynames, in some cases hereditary, were in use in the Venetian Republic by the end of the 10th century. The typical Italian surname endings are 'i' and 'o', the former being characteristic of northern Italy. The singular form 'o' is more typical of southern Italy. In England, Goduini (without surname) who was recorded in 1086, appears to be the first of the name on record, and Walter Godwin was recorded in the year 1219. Other records of the name mention Godin de Bech, 1273 County Cambridge. William Godwine of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. William Goden, 1379, ibid. Gaudinus de Aseby, County Lincolnshire, during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). The peak of the Himalayas (28,250 ft) high; believed to be the second highest in the world is known as Godwin Austen. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th century. They were not in use in England, or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066, and were first found in the Domesday Book of 1086. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. It was not until the reign of Edward II (1307-1327) it became general practice amongst all people.
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