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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • North German : variant of Bode.
  • German : metonymic occupational name for a grower of beans, from Middle High German, Middle Low German bōne ‘bean’. Beans were a staple food in the Middle Ages, especially the broad bean, Vicia faba; the green bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, was not introduced from South America until the late 16th century.

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