Meaning and Origin of: Bode

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.