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

The Bode surname is derived from German word "boden," which means "floor" or "bottom." It is thought that the first Bode family may have lived in the bottom of a valley.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Bode, Boden, Boder, Bohde, Bohden, Boede, Boedde and many more.

First found in the duchy of Brunswick, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bode research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1713, 1720, 1740, 1747, 1793, and 1832 are included under the topic Early Bode History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 62 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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


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


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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  • Hendrik Wade Bode (1905-1982), American (Dutch descent) electrical engineer and academic
  • Ralf D Bode (1941-2001), German-born, American cinematographer
  • Boyd Henry Bode (1873-1953), American educator, professor of education at Ohio State University
  • Wolfram Bode (b. 1942), German biochemist
  • Johann Elert Bode (1747-1826), German astronomer
  • Elert Bode (b. 1934), Breslau-born, German television actor
  • Johnny Bode (1912-1983), Swedish singer and composer


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  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Bode Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bode 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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