The name Bodnam is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in either of the places called Bodenham, in Herefordshire
, or in the settlement of Bodham, in Norfolk
. The place-names are derived from the Old English personal name Bota,
which experts theorize is derived from the Old German boto,
from the Germanic root bud,
which means to announce,
and the Old English word ham
which means homestead
Thus, the surname signifies a person who lived at or near Bota's settlement.
Early Origins of the Bodnam family
The surname Bodnam was first found in Herefordshire
at Bodenham, a parish, and anciently a market-town, in the union of Leominster, hundred
of Broxash CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
situated on a bend in the River Lugg, about seven miles south of Leominster. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was first listed as Bodeham CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and literally meant "homestead or river-bend of land or a man called Boda," from the Old English personal name
+ "hamm." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Hugh de Bodenham, Lord of Bodenham, grandfather of Roger who lived in the reign of Henry III is the ancestor of the family. CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
Early History of the Bodnam family
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Bodnam 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 Bodnam were recorded, including Bedingham, Beddingham, Bedinham, Bodingham, Bedyngham, Bedyngeham and many more.
Early Notables of the Bodnam family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Bodnam family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bodnam family emigrate to North America: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.