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.

Categories

history, Latinizations, legend
VARIANT: Godgifu