The origins of the Bodychant surname lie with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name Bodychant began when someone in that family worked as a maker or seller of knives. The surname Bodychant comes from the Old English word bodkin,
which is also spelled bodekin,
and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.
Early Origins of the Bodychant family
The surname Bodychant was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bodychant family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bodychant research.Another 415 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1297, 1312, 1331, 1349, 1369, 1623, 1752, 1779, 1572, 1523, 1518, 1519, 1610, 1611, 1639, 1640 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bodychant History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bodychant Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bodychant has appeared include Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Bodychant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bodychant family to Ireland
Some of the Bodychant family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bodychant family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bodychant arrived in North America very early: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Bodychant 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 Translation: Crom for ever.