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The Scottish surname Bodwill comes from a place in Lanarkshire, derived from the Middle English words "bothy," meaning a "small hut," and "well," meaning a "spring," or "stream," or "wyell," which denoted a fishing pool in the river.

Early Origins of the Bodwill family


The surname Bodwill was first found in Lanarkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, possibly even before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. The earliest record found of the name is of William de Bothvile, who witnessed a grant in Circa 1190-1220. A Rger de Bodevill was a juror on inquisition relating to the lands of Hopkelchoc, in 1259.

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Early History of the Bodwill family

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Early History of the Bodwill family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodwill research.
Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1347, 1366, 1369, 1342, 1536, 1578, 1617, 1663, 1640, 1644, 1st and 1609 are included under the topic Early Bodwill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bodwill Spelling Variations

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Bodwill Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Bothwell, Borthwell, Bothwel, Borthwel, Bothewell, Boduel and many more.

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Early Notables of the Bodwill family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Bodwill family (pre 1700)


Notable among the family at this time was Richard de Botheuile, provost of Aberdeen in 1342; James Hepburn Bothwell (1536-1578), 4th Earl Bothwell, Scottish nobleman, third husband of Mary...
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Migration of the Bodwill family to Ireland

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Migration of the Bodwill family to Ireland


Some of the Bodwill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bodwill family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Bodwill family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Bothwell who settled in Wilmington Del. in 1790; David Bothwell settled in Georgia in 1779; James Bothwell arrived in Philadelphia in 1828; John Bothwell settled in New England in 1805..

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The Bodwill Motto

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The Bodwill Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Obdura adversus urgentia
Motto Translation: Not yielding to provocations.


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