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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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Where is the Bode family from?

You can see how Bode families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bode family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bode families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 22 Bode families living in Ontario. This was about 49% of all the recorded Bode's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bode families in 1911.
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What did your Bode ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bode. 71% of Bode men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Bode women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bode were Labourer and Mone.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    71%
  • Clerk
    18%
  • Labourer
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Clerk
    50%
  • Mone
    50%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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

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Draft Cards

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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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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