Bodman Family History
Bodman Name Meaning
English: from Middle English bode ‘messenger’ + man ‘man servant’ (Old English boda ‘messenger’ or (ge)bod ‘message’ + mann) hence an occupational name denoting a messenger or the servant of a messenger. Americanized form of German Bodmann a variant of Bodemann (see Bodeman ). 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