Boy name origins & meanings
- German : God's peace
Boy name variations
Family name origins & meanings
- French, English, and Dutch : from the Germanic personal name Godin-, a pet form of any of various compound names beginning with god, got ‘god’. Compare Godbold, Goddard, and Godfrey.
- A family called Goddin or Gaudin, descended from Huguenots of La Rochelle, France, was established in Canada by 1655. Another family of this name, also known as Châtillon, from Burgundy, was in Montreal by 1654. A third, from Rouen, Normandy, was in Quebec city by 1656.