When Thomas Milton Goddard was born on 22 March 1816, in Laurens, South Carolina, United States, his father, George Goddard, was 22 and his mother, Mrs. Goddard, was 17. He married Sarah Elender Studdard about 1840, in South Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Tishomingo, Mississippi, United States in 1860 and Booneville, Prentiss, Mississippi, United States in 1870. He died on 8 April 1877, in Dallas, Dallas, Texas, United States, at the age of 61, and was buried in Siloam Cemetery, Prentiss, Mississippi, United States.
English (of Norman origin): from Godhard, a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements gōd ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’. The name was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Saint Gotthard, an 11th-century bishop of Hildesheim who founded a hospice on the pass from Switzerland to Italy that bears his name. This surname is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.
English: perhaps occasionally a variant of the occupational name Gothard . The two surnames may have been much confused.
French: variant of Godard , a cognate of 1 above.