Bode Family History

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Bode Name Meaning

Dutch and German: occupational name for a messenger or representative, Dutch bode, Middle Low German bode. A bode was a medieval official with a variety of different functions. German and Danish: from the North German personal name Bodo, a derivative of Old Saxon bodo ‘messenger’. North German and Dutch: a topographic name from Middle Low German bode, bude ‘booth’, ‘small house’. Danish: habitational name from a place named Bode.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rode, Bade, Boye, Boden, Boe, Bodo, Bonde, Bodle, Bole, Body

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Bode Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bode name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bode. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Bode Family Origin

Where is the Bode family from?

Bode Family Occupations

What did your Bode ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bode family was Grocer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bode. The most common Bode occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Bode's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Grocer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bode ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bode Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 census records available for the last name Bode. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bode census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Bode. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Bode. For the veterans among your Bode ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bode Life Expectancy

What is the average Bode lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Bode life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bode in 1957 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bode ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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