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This is a ancient English surname. Recorded in several forms as shown below, it derives from an even older Anglo-Saxon personal name "Godino". This pre 7th century given name is a patronymic formed of the elements "god" meaning good, and "-ino," to give the meaning of "the son of Good". The varied spellings of the surname include such forms as Godin, Goddin, Godden, Gooden, Gaudin, Guiden, Goodoune, Godain, and Guedon A number of the spellings show a considerable French influence and it is believed that they were introduced into England in the 17th century at the time of the persecution of the protestants (Huguenots) in France.

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