An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016
Origins Available: English, German, Scottish
The ancestors of the Bodden family may have been Viking settlers. Their surname comes from a place name of Norse origins, from when they lived on the lands of Bowden, in Roxburghshire where the family held lands since the early Middle Ages.
Standards against which to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. Bodden has been recorded as Bowden, Bouden, Boulden, Bouldene, Bolden, Boldane, Boldan, Boden, Bodden and many more.
First found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat from very early times, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. They were originally of Bodin in Normandy.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodden research. Another 354 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1150 and 1296 are included under the topic Early Bodden History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bodden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bodden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Bodden name:
Bodden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bodden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bodden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Bodden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bodden 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.
This page was last modified on 25 January 2014 at 11:59.