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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English (Midlands) : of uncertain origin; perhaps a variant of Beadle.
  • Swedish : from bod ‘small hut’ + -ell, a frequent suffix of surnames, from the Latin adjectival ending -elius.
  • Perhaps an altered spelling of German Bodelle, an occupational name for a beadle. Compare Bittel.

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