Boddy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Boddy begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It was a name for a person with a striking physique.

Early Origins of the Boddy family

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

Early History of the Boddy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boddy research. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1296, 1597, 1688, 1754 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Boddy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Boddy Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Boddy are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Boddy include: Body, Boddy, Boddie, Bodie, Bode, Bodhy, Bodin, Bott, Botter, Bodds, Bods, Botty and many more.

Early Notables of the Boddy family (pre 1700)

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Boddy family to Ireland

Some of the Boddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Boddy migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Boddy or a variant listed above:

Boddy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Boddy, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Robert Boddy, aged 19, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Peter Boddy, who arrived in Maryland in 1672 [1]

Canada Boddy migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boddy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Boddy, who landed in Canada in 1835

New Zealand Boddy migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Boddy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. David Boddy, (b. 1849), aged 26, Cornish farm labourer departing on 7th September 1875 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th December 1875" [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Boddy, (b. 1849), aged 26, Cornish settler departing on 7th September 1875 aboard the ship "Waitangi" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 7th December 1875" [2]
  • Susan Boddy, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Mrs. Annie Boddy, (b. 1852), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 26th September 1877 aboard the ship "Opawa" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd January 1878" [2]
  • Mr. James Boddy, (b. 1853), aged 24, Cornish farm labourer departing on 26th September 1877 aboard the ship "Opawa" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 3rd January 1878" [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf


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