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Where did the English Bodie family come from? What is the English Bodie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bodie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bodie family history?

The origins of the Bodie surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person with a striking physique.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bodie has been spelled many different ways, including Body, Boddy, Boddie, Bodie, Bode, Bodhy, Bodin, Bott, Botter, Bodds, Bods, Botty and many more.

First found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodie research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1296 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Bodie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bodie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bodie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 43 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bodies to arrive in North America:

Bodie Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • John Bodie settled in Frederick county Maryland in 1794

Bodie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Bodie, who landed in Texas in 1846

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The Bodie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bodie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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