Bodington History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Bodington name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Boddington, which had parishes in the county of Gloucestershire, as well as the county of Northampton.

Early Origins of the Bodington family

The surname Bodington was first found in Gloucestershire at Boddington, a parish, in the union of Tewkesbury, partly in the Lower division of the hundred of Westminster. "This place is distinguished as the scene of the last great battle fought (in 893) between Alfred the Great and the Danes, who, having intrenched themselves, were surrounded by the king with the whole force of his dominions, with the view of reducing them by famine. After having been compelled to eat their horses, many perished from hunger, and the remainder made a desperate sally upon the English; a great number fell in the action, but a considerable body effected their escape." [1]

Upper and Lower Boddington are parishes in the union of Banbury, hundred of Chipping-Warden, S. division of the county of Northampton. [1]

Important Dates for the Bodington family

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Bodington Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bodington were recorded, including Boddington, Bodington and others.

Early Notables of the Bodington family (pre 1700)

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Bodington migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bodington family emigrate to North America:

Bodington Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Herbert Bodington, aged 22, who arrived in New York City in 1892 aboard the ship "City of Chicago" from Liverpool & Queenstown [2]
  • Fred Bodington, aged 19, who arrived in New York City in 1892 aboard the ship "City of Chicago" from Liverpool & Queenstown [3]
  • Mary R. Bodington, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Trave" from Bremen, Germany [4]
  • Oliver Eaton Bodington, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Trave" from Bremen, Germany [5]
Bodington Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Nellie Bodington, aged 20, originally from Sheffield, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Annie Bodington, aged 17, originally from Sheffield, England, who arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [7]
  • Adelaide Bodington, aged 38, originally from Trinidad, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Maraval" from Port of Spain, Trinidad [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bodington (post 1700)

  • Alice Brooke Bodington (1840-1897), born Alice Brook, English researcher and writer in the field of biology and evolution
  • Captain Cecil Herbert Bodington (1880-1917), English cricketer who served in the First World War in the Royal Horse Guards; he was killed in action near Arras, France on 11 April 1917 during the Battle of Arras
  • Sir Nathan Bodington (1848-1911), English academic, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds, eponym of Bodington Hall, now called Bodington Manor
  • George Bodington (1799-1882), English general practitioner and pulmonary specialist
  • Oliver Eaton Bodington (1859-1936), English barrister at law of the Inner Temple, Member of the United States Federal Bar and President of the British Chamber of Commerce, grandson of George Bodington
  • Nicolas Redner Bodington OBE (1904-1974), English Army officer, head of F section of the Special Operations Executive during World War II, son of Oliver Bodington
  • Bob Bodington (1894-1976), former Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne (1919-1920)

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6T8-G3F : 6 December 2014), Herbert Bodington, 27 Feb 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York City, ship name City of Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6T8-G3N : 6 December 2014), Fred Bodington, 27 Feb 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York City, ship name City of Chicago, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMJ-YWY : 6 December 2014), Mary R. Bodington, 09 Mar 1894; citing departure port Bremen, Germany, arrival port New York, ship name Trave, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXMJ-YWT : 6 December 2014), Oliver Eaton Bodington, 09 Mar 1894; citing departure port Bremen, Germany, arrival port New York, ship name Trave, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFMW-M3K : 6 December 2014), Nellie Bodington, 26 Sep 1909; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFMW-9TG : 6 December 2014), Annie Bodington, 26 Sep 1909; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Cedric, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WD-W3J : 6 December 2014), Adelaide Bodington, 16 Oct 1919; citing departure port Port of Spain, Trinidad, arrival port New York, ship name Maraval, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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