Bodman Family History
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Bodman Name Meaning
English: from Old English boda ‘messenger’ or (ge)bod ‘message’ + mann ‘man’, ‘servant’, hence an occupational name denoting a messenger or the servant of a messenger. German: variant of Bodemann, a habitational name from Boden near Uelzen, or from the Bode river in the Harz Mountains. Jewish (from Belarus): occupational name for the keeper of a bathhouse, from Yiddish bod ‘bathhouse’ + man ‘man’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press