Origin of Godspeed

1250–1300; Middle English, in the phrase God spede may God prosper (you). See God, speed
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interjection, noun
  1. an expression of one's good wishes for a person's success and safety

Word Origin for Godspeed

C15: from God spede may God prosper (you)
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Word Origin and History for godspeed

also God speed, early 14c., "quickly, speedily" (late 13c. as a surname), from god + speed (v.). As a parting salutation, from mid-15c.

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