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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Godfader, -father, n. Also: -fadyr(e. [e.m.E. and ME. godfather, ME. -fader, OE. -fæder.] A godfather. c1420 Wynt. v. 1091.
The godfadyre he bad … the barnys ta Off the fownt quhen howyn thai ware
1456 Hay I. 277/8.
The godfader, or god moder or frendes may geve namys to thair frendis
1551 Hamilton Cat. 190.
The godfather and godmother … ar maid borrowis or souerteis for the barne
1562-3 Winȝet I. 84/8.
Quhy haif ȝe godfatheris and godmotheris, sen the haill congregatioun thair præsent may be witness[is]?
1610 Edinb. Test. XLVI. 173.
The ijc li. that I have left to … my godsone for ane god faders gift

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