Usage Anglo-Saxon (Latinized)
Pronounced Pron. gə-DIE-və (English)
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.