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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Spanish : nickname from boda ‘wedding’ (Latin vota ‘(marriage) vows’, plural of votum, from vovere ‘to vow’). The reasons for its adoption as a surname are probably anecdotal.
  • Hungarian : from a derivative of Bod a personal name, believed by some to be derived from a Turkic word meaning ‘twig’, but the etymology is uncertain. In Hungary such one-element personal names of pagan origin were given to servants, usually before the 14th and 15th centuries when Christian names became dominant.
  • Hungarian : possibly from Bóda, a pet form of the personal name Boldizsár, Hungarian form of Balthazar.
  • Bulgarian : from Bogda, a short form of the male personal name Bogdan, or the female personal name Bogdana (see Bogdan).

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