Gender: Female Meaning of Godiva: "God's gift" Origin of Godiva: English

Godiva Origin and Meaning

The name Godiva is a girl's name of English origin meaning "God's gift".

Whether you think of the chocolates or the naked long-haired lady on the horse, Godiva is a name with baggage no child should have to carry.

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jenabay Says:


Gosh, Nameberry, how very opinionated of you. Plenty of other names have managed to shrug off their associations.

Bo Mo Says:


my daughter is named Godiva and there is absolutely no baggage to carry and she's beautiful and I always get compliments that her name is as well Godiva is derived from Godgifu which means "gift from God" let's not poke fun at names everyone isn't born with a generic name like "Mary" or "Tom" some parents strive to be unique and give their child flair

ArabellaDuncan Says:


So pretty but so undiscovered

Impwood Says:


I've never heard of the chocolates or of Lady Godgifu, but anyhow I sadly can't think of this as a recommendable name. While the real meaning is beautiful, I think many people would think of it as an elaboration of the word "God", and would think of it as blasphemous. Maybe I'm wrong, but personally I would opt for an alternative such as Dorothea, which has the same meaning, of Ediva, which shares Godiva's last two syllables and means "blessed gift".

Bo Mo Says:


My daughter's name is Godiva. I honestly couldn't think of a better name in the world. Her father named her. I have never met a Godiva and the meaning is beautiful. Wherever we go she stands out! Everyone is making their children the same thing and most times without reasoning. She's my only daughter and if I were to have another daughter I just don't think I could think of a name to compare.

Kate_Kat_Bar Says:


Well, in reference to the whole "naked lady" thing, Godiva's is a strip club I have to pass by frequently, so it's a definite NO for myself.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I am familiar with the chocolate but I have no idea who/what Godgifu is.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Oh okay. I live in the United States and I'm not a big fan of chocolate.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Or Australia. I knew nothing of the chocolate brand, I knew something of the lady Godgifu though. That probably because I'm a avid reader and history geek though. Maybe the chocolate's an english thing only.

strawberrything Says:


It's not common knowledge in New Zealand either..

Vespertinerose Says:


Perhaps in the United States, unless they are familiar with the chocolate, because the company had made it clear that Godgifu was their inspiration, so much so that's their image on the wrapping. Outside of the US, it more well known.

Vespertinerose Says:


Interesting that you make that your point. If the people are familiar with the chocolate brand, than they should be aware of the Queen Godgifu, as the chocolate company has made it clear that she was their inspiration. Plus, it was a very common name and surname from 10th century on up the Victorian Century in England. Furthermore, England 's history classes discuss it and they celebrate chocolate festivals in honor of Godgifu. I would not say with exactness that it isn't common knowledge, unless one doesn't pay attention to anything. It also doesn't help when Baby sites perpetuate all the wrong facts or half the facts and therefore becoming part of the problem.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Okay, great, but honestly everyday people would just think you named her after chocolate. Not that chocolate is a bad thing to be named after...

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


That's not common knowledge, but thanks for the info.

Vespertinerose Says:


Godgifu, which is the original spelling, was "NOT" naked as in no clothes at all on the horse. In fact, the word "naked" was referencing to the fact that she wore "NO" royal garb, signifying an insult to her husband by not acknowledging him as ruler and her husband, refuting his authority and control. Making her act audacious, embarrassing, resourceful, and clever. She identified with her people, where as her husband did not. I sincerely dislike how sites can't get the facts straight. Also, the name is beautiful and has a beautiful meaning. Which makes the name gleam even more.