The history of the name Bodychend dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a maker or seller of knives. The surname Bodychend 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 Bodychend family
The surname Bodychend was first found in Kent
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bodychend family
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Bodychend Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bodychend has undergone many spelling variations
, including Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Bodychend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bodychend family to Ireland
Some of the Bodychend family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bodychend family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bodychend were among those contributors: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Bodychend 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.