Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a name for a maker or seller of knives. The surname Boddkin comes from the Old English word bodkin, which is also spelled bodekin, and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.
Early Origins of the Boddkin family
Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Boddkin family
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Boddkin Spelling Variations
Boddkin has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Boddkin have been found, including Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Boddkin family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Boddkin family to Ireland
Some of the Boddkin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Boddkin family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Boddkins to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Boddkin Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.
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