Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Godwin m. Old High German, Old Dutch got, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Old English god 'god, deity' + Old English wine 'friend', Old High German wini 'friend'.

The name of a 7th C Belgian saint.

Cf. Winegod.

England
Latin
966 Godwinus (nom) CDAS DXXVIII; 967 Godwine (nom) ibid. DXXXXIII; 1181 Godwinus (nom) StPaulDom p. 115; 1185x1186 Godwin' (gen) PR-XXXVI p. 4, Godwinus (nom) ibid. p. 4; 1189 Godwini (gen) GASurv p. 116, Godwinus (nom) ibid. p. 127; 1222 Godwini (gen) StPaulDom p. 2, Godwinus (nom) ibid. p. 38
Ireland
Latin
fin12thC Godwini (gen) MunDocIr III, p. 4, Godwinus (nom) ibid. III, p. 6
Cite as: S.L. Uckelman. "Godwin". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2016, no. 4. http://dmnes.org/2016/4/name/Godwin.