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The Boden family name is thought to be a patronymic surname created from the personal name Bode.

Early Origins of the Boden family

The surname Boden was first found in Prussia, where the name Boden came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired new estates in different areas which, combined with their great contributions to society, served to elevate their social status.

Early History of the Boden family

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Boden Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Boden include Boden, Boten, Bodden, Boeden, Boedden, Bauden, Baudden, Buden, Bueden, Budden and many more.

Early Notables of the Boden family (pre 1700)

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Boden Ranking

In the United States, the name Boden is the 7,856th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Boden migration to the United States +

Prussia played an extremely influential role in shaping modern German history. It remained a part of Germany until after the Second World War. Prussia was divided among the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. Many Prussians became residents of these new countries after the War, and many migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly to Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Boden were

Boden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bryan Boden who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Bryan Boden, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [2]
  • James Boden, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [2]
Boden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jacob Boden, who arrived in New York in 1715 [2]
  • James Boden, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • Elizth Boden, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1787 [2]
Boden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hinrich Boden, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]
  • John Boden, who landed in America in 1811 [2]
  • Hugh Boden, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [2]
  • Elizabeth Boden, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • Elizabeth, Mathilda, Samuel and William Boden all of whom were recorded as having, who arrived in New York, New York in 1817
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Boden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Erick Boden, who landed in Arkansas in 1904 [2]

Canada Boden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Boden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Anna Margarethe Boden, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1753
  • Anna Margaretha Boden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1753

Australia Boden migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Boden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Ann Boden, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • "Miss Alice Boden, (b. 1783), aged 45, English cook who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for coining, transported aboard the ""Competitor"" on 9th June 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1841" [4]

New Zealand Boden 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:

Boden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ann Boden, aged 50, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Agnes Muir" in 1872 [5]
  • Benjamin Boden, aged 10, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Sarah Boden, aged 40, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Thomas Boden, aged 6, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874

West Indies Boden migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [6]
Boden Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Boden, who settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680

Contemporary Notables of the name Boden (post 1700) +

  • Jens Boden (b. 1978), German speed skater
  • Ms. Anne Elizabeth Boden M.B.E., British Chief Executive Officer for Starling Bank, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Financial Technology [7]
  • Dr. Maggie Boden, English researcher in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Psychology, Philosophy, Cognitive and Computer Science, Professor at the University of Sussex
  • Andrew Boden (d. 1835), American lawyer and politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania
  • Samuel Standidge Boden, English professional chess master
  • Fernand Boden (b. 1943), Luxembourg politician, member of the Luxembourg cabinet
  • Edward Arthur Boden (b. 1911), Canadian Attorney General for Saskatchewan
  • Robert Boden Scheffing (1913-1985), American baseball player, coach, manager

Prince of Wales colliery
  • Mr. Morgan Boden (b. 1846), Welsh coal miner who was working at the Prince of Wales Colliery in Abercarn, Wales on the 11th September 1878 when there was a coal mine explosion; he died [8]

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  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 8th March 2021). Retrieved from
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
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  7. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  8. ^ Entombed in flood and flame (retrieved 3rd August 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook