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Bode is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name. It was a name given to a person who was a person with a striking physique.

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The surname Bode was first found in Hampshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bode has appeared include Body, Boddy, Boddie, Bodie, Bode, Bodhy, Bodin, Bott, Botter, Bodds, Bods, Botty and many more.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Bode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Bode 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bode arrived in North America very early:

Bode Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Laurens Bode, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766
  • Lorentz Bode, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1766
  • Martin Bode, who arrived in America in 1778
  • Friedrich Bode, who arrived in America in 1780
  • Heinrich Bode, who landed in America in 1780
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Bode Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hinrich Bode, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Johann H Bode, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Just Bode, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Herman Bode, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Just, Elisabeth, Christian and Catharina Bode, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1804
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Bode Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Charles Bodé U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 19 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, traveling with his wife and 2 children
  • Mrs. Ann Bodé U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 71 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, traveling with his wife and 2 children
  • Miss Mary Bodé U.E (b. 1773), aged 10 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 124 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, traveling with his wife and 2 children
  • Miss Margaret Bodé U.E (b. 1765), aged 18 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 123 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 20, 1783 at East River, New York, traveling with his wife and 2 children
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  • Boyd Henry Bode (1873-1953), American educator, professor of education at Ohio State University
  • Ralf D Bode (1941-2001), German-born, American cinematographer
  • Hendrik Wade Bode (1905-1982), American (Dutch descent) electrical engineer and academic
  • Elert Bode (b. 1934), Breslau-born, German television actor
  • Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826), German astronomer
  • Wolfram Bode (b. 1942), German biochemist
  • Johnny Bode (1912-1983), Swedish singer and composer
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    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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