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

The history of the name Bodds goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person with a striking physique.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bodds family name include 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 Bodds research. Another 269 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1296 and 1597 are included under the topic Early Bodds History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Bodds 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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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Bodds or a variant listed above: Thomas Body who settled in Virginia in 1636; followed by Robert in 1645; John Body settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; John Bodie settled in Frederick county Maryland in 1794.

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The Bodds Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bodds 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 7 February 2013 at 07:45.

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