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Bodell Name Meaning

English (Midlands): of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Beadle. Swedish: from bod ‘small hut’ + -ell, a frequent suffix of surnames, from the Latin adjectival ending -elius. Perhaps an altered spelling of German Bodelle, an occupational name for a beadle. Compare Bittel.

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

Similar surnames: Boden, Torell, Odell, Dovell, Bodwell, Brodell, Bedell, Bowell

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Where is the Bodell family from?

You can see how Bodell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bodell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bodell families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Bodell family living in New Jersey. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bodell's in USA. New Jersey and 1 other state had the highest population of Bodell families in 1840.
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What did your Bodell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bodell. 22% of Bodell men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Bodell women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bodell were Clerk and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Miner
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Secretary
  • Waitress
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Bodell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bodell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bodell. 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 Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Bodell. For the veterans among your Bodell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bodell lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Bodell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bodell in 1950 was 59, and 73 in 2004.

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