When Harriet M Godfrey was born on 19 November 1869, in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Henry J Godfrey, was 24 and her mother, Mary A Dempsey, was 20. She lived in Roslindale, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States in 1900 and Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States for about 30 years. She died in 1956, at the age of 87, and was buried in Chiltonville Cemetery, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States.
English (of Norman origin): from the Norman personal name Godefrei, Godefroi(s), composed of the ancient Germanic elements god, got ‘god’ + frid(u), fred ‘peace’. See also Jeffrey .
Irish: shortened and Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gothraidh or Ó Gothraidh, ‘descendant of Gothfrith’, an Old Norse personal name often Anglicized as Godfrey. Compare McGorry , McCaffrey .
History: An Irish family of the name Godfrey originated in Romney, Kent. The first of them to settle in Ireland was Colonel John Godfrey, who was rewarded with lands in Kerry for his services in the 1641 rebellion. Godefroy, Lord of Normanville, from Normandy, was married in Trois-Rivières, QC, in 1636. He was captured by the Iroquois in 1652. His brother, Lord of Linctot, from Rouen, was also married in 1636 in Trois-Rivières, and lived from 1629 to 1632 among the Hurons. Another Godefroy, from Paris, was a trader and interpreter from 1623.
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