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What does godmother mean?
A godmother is a woman who’s a godparent—a person who has pledged to help with the upbringing of a child, especially in a religious way.
In some denominations of Christianity, when a child is baptized, they are sponsored by (usually two) adults who pledge to help in this way. Those adults are the child’s godparents, and the child is their godchild.
Godparents are often related to their godchildren (an aunt might be her nephew’s godmother, for example), but they don’t need to be.
Godparents also often pledge to become the godchild’s guardian if needed (in the event that the child’s parents die).
These terms are all sometimes applied outside of a religious context—parents may choose close relatives or friends to act as godparents for their children without any religious aspect to the relationship.
The word godmother is also sometimes used in a more general way to refer to a woman, especially one who’s older, who serves as a person’s mentor, protector, or simply someone who shows them kindness. The term fairy godmother is used in this way.
Godmother can also be used in a somewhat figurative way to refer to a woman who’s considered the originator or main guiding force of a movement, school of thought, art form, or industry.
Example: Joann is a wonderful godmother and spoils all of her godchildren.
Where does godmother come from?
The first records of the word godmother come from before 1000 (the word godfather is first recorded around the same time; godparent is first recorded much later, around 1700). Even though the word God is usually capitalized in the context of Christianity, it’s spelled lowercase in some general terms, such as godliness.
In some Christian denominations, people officially become godparents to their godchild at the child’s baptism by making specific pledges to assist with their religious upbringing. Some parents, though, choose godparents for their child simply by asking them to have a special presence in their godchild’s life (and often to act as the child’s guardians if something should happen to them). This may or may not involve a religious aspect.
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The word godmother is especially associated with the relationship that’s made official during the Christian ceremony of baptism, but it’s also often used in a general or figurative way that’s not related to religion.
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— Jo Malone CBE (@JoMaloneCBE) July 19, 2020
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She is widely recognized as the godmother of this movement.
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Last week, your fairy godmother appeared and gave you a chance to play a game.
Rusty Warren, a 1960s comedian, called a godmother of the sexual revolution, died on May 25 at 91 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at a caregiver’s home in Lagura Hills, Calif.
His mother died when he was 8 years old, and his godmother, who helped raise him, also has died.Family of man killed by D.C. police demand answers about what prompted officer to shoot|Peter Hermann, Clarence Williams|September 2, 2021|Washington Post
The Queen became godmother to Duleep Singh’s children, including Sophia Duleep Singh, who would later become a suffragette.The Little-Known History Behind the People of Color Who Joined the Royal Family Long Before Meghan|Suyin Haynes|March 12, 2021|Time
I have been honored and privileged to be designated as godmother of four people — all children of various close friends.Miss Manners: How inclusive should I be in my obit?|Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin|March 12, 2021|Washington Post
Virtual Kim swans in every so often to dish out advice like a buxom fairy godmother.Inside ‘Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’: The Reality Star’s Aspirational App and Vainest Project Yet|Frances McInnis|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The boy had been back at the playground with his godmother early Sunday evening when he decided he wanted an ice.
The monster was still beyond imagining when Prince, known as P.J., told his godmother that he wanted an Italian ice.
Singled out for opprobrium was the planned exhibit on Margaret Sanger, birth-control crusader and godmother of Planned Parenthood.
A former legislative director of Ohio Right to Life, Porter is in many ways the godmother of the heartbeat movement.Janet Folger Porter, Abortion Warrior, on Her Heartbeat Crusade|Michelle Cottle|July 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Belle was to be godmother and had to be got down; which was impossible, as the jester Euclid says.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Her godmother had twice written to her, and Babette was now hoping to see her and her daughters in Interlaken.
Half-way up stood the74 boarding-house where the godmother was living.
Two thousand pounds a year left you by your godmother; the very same you told us you know.Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush|William Makepeace Thackeray
I was up at the castle a great deal, because the Baroness Maximiliana of Wallersttten was my godmother.Maezli|Johanna Spyri