Given Name GODIVA

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: gə-DIE-və (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Latinized form of the Old English name Godgifu meaning "gift of god", from the elements god and giefu "gift". Lady Godiva was an 11th-century English noblewoman who, according to legend, rode naked through the streets of Coventry to protest the high taxes imposed by her husband upon the townspeople.
VARIANT: Godgifu


divine gift, gift, history, Latinizations, legend, nobility
Entry updated February 12, 2018