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Bodner Name Meaning

German: topographic name for someone who dwelt in a valley bottom, from an agent derivative of Middle High German boden ‘floor’, ‘bottom’. North German: nickname for someone who lived in a small dwelling, from a derivative of Middle Low German bode, bude ‘booth’, ‘small house’, ‘cottage’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name as in 1 or an occupational name from East Yiddish bodner ‘cooper’ (from Belorussian or older Ukrainian bodnár) (see Bodnar).

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


Similar surnames: Bodmer, Borner, Bordner, Budner, Bodnar, Boden, Botner, Bohner, Boner

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Where is the Bodner family from?

You can see how Bodner families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bodner family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bodner families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Bodner family living in Illinois. This was 100% of all the recorded Bodner's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Bodner families in 1840.
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What did your Bodner ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bodner. 21% of Bodner men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Bodner women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bodner were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    21%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Labor
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    13%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bodner. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Bodner. For the veterans among your Bodner ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bodner lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Bodner life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bodner in 1951 was 48, and 82 in 2004.

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