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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Polish, Slovak, Slovenian (Prekmurje, i.e. easternmost Slovenia), and Serbian : from the common Slavic personal name Bogdan, bohdan composed of the elements Bog ‘God’ + dan ‘gift’. This was not a Christian name sanctioned by the Orthodox Church, but was common as a familiar vernacular name, equivalent to Greek Theodōros ‘gift of God’ (see Theodore) or Theodōtos ‘given by God’. As an American surname, it may also be a shortened form of any of numerous other Slavic surnames formed from this personal name.
  • Hungarian (Bogdán) : habitational name for someone from any of numerous places called Bogdány, in Abaúj, Pest, Szabolcs, and Veszprém counties, or in Máramaros, now in Romania.
  • Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : habitational name from any of numerous places in Belarus and Poland called Bogdany.

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