godmother etymology

English word godmother comes from Old English (ca. 450-1100) godmōdor

Detailed word origin of godmother

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
godmōdor Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang)
godmoder Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
godmother English (eng) (transitive) To act as godmother to. A woman present at the christening of a baby who promises to help raise the child in a Christian manner; a female godparent who sponsors the baptism of a child.