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date: 23 January 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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Peter McClure


  • Current frequencies: GB 252, Ireland 7

  • GB frequency 1881: 420

  • Main GB location 1881: Cambs, Hunts, and Northants

English: occupational name from Middle English bocchere ‘bodger, someone who mends or patches (metal) things’, with irregular voicing of the intervocalic consonant. Compare Adam Bochecollok ‘mend tub’, 1326 in Patent Rolls.

Early bearers:

Margerie Bodger, 1587 in IGI (Lynsted, Kent); William Bodger, 1599 in IGI (Papworth Saint Agnes, Cambs); Henrici Bodgerd, 1604 in IGI (Croxton, Cambs); Richardi Bodger, 1652 in IGI (Croxton, Cambs).

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Bodger, 1881 frequency.

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