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Godwin is an English-language surname with Anglo-Saxon origins. It means God's friend and is thus equivalent to Theophilus, Jedediah, Amadeus and Reuel.

However, the word "Godwin" can also mean "helper of mankind"

Surname or only known name[edit]

House of Godwin[edit]

Politics and governance[edit]

  • Abraham Godwin (1763–1835), New Jersey General Assembly 1802–1806, Elector for Andrew Jackson 1828
  • Abraham Godwin Jr. (1791–1849), New Jersey General Assembly 1821–1832, took vote to D.C. for Presidential Election 1840
  • Hannibal Lafayette Godwin (1873–1929), North Carolina Congressman
  • Mary Wollstonecraft, later Mary Godwin (1759–1797), English author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
  • Mills E. Godwin Jr. (1914–1999), Governor of Virginia
  • Richard Godwin (1922–2005), First Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
  • William Godwin (1756–1836), English political philosopher


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Other people[edit]

  • Becky Godwin (1954–1968), daughter of Virginia Governor Godwin, killed by lightning
  • Glen Stewart Godwin (born 1958), American murderer, former FBI Ten Most Wanted fugitive
  • Mike Godwin (born 1956), American lawyer, created Godwin's law of Internet discussions (mentioning Hitler)

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