Family name origins & meanings
- 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 bōde, būde ‘booth’, ‘small house’.
- Danish : habitational name from a place named Bode.