You are asking about godparents. This is the word that people commonly use, but the church would instead use the word "sponsors." It was not a requirement for a sponsor to be a relative. However, relatives very often were relatives of the child's mother or father. If you are doing research, and you are finding baptism records, it is a good idea to notice the names of the sponsors. You may find, over time, how they are connected to your family.
Best of luck in your research,
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