Origin, Developement and Meaning

Seeking the Origin of the name you'll always get two meanings for Bodo. In Old-Saxonian: Leader. In Old High German: Messenger. Even if  old saxonian is older than Old High German both meanings are co-existing with the same justification: the both meanings can be allocated in indoeuropean "b(h)eudh-", which is Bodo's parent.

A Messenger (15th century)

Bodo in Old High German

First of all "Bodo" appeared as expression between germanic (600 b.c. -500 a.d.)  stem "biotan" (which means to offer) and Old Saxonian (about Year 0). So, the question is: when did it became a name?


As a name "Bodo" first apperas in the name of Marbod (Source: ancestry.org), king of the marcomanni, a german tribe.
so that it can be traced at least 2000 years!  Marbod is typical for the construction of a german first name. Usually it has two parts with different meanings. In case of marbod: Mar stands for market and bod for messenger. Must have been an older name even back then because for naming a royal it must have lost the connection and popularity of it's original meaning. (Or can you imagine a king telling you the news from the market?).


First official indications on Existence of the german language can be found much later. In a latin report from 786  is a hint about a mass that was held in "theodiscus" (german), the language of the
people.

Informations about Old High German (in german)

Reading Old High German

Wessobrunner Schöpfungsbericht

"Dat gafregin ih mit firahim firiuuizzo meista · Dat ero ni
uuas noh ufhimil · noh paum noh pereg ni uuas · ni nohheinig

noh sunna ni stein · noh mano ni liuhta · noh der mareo seo ·
Do dar niuuiht ni uuas enteo ni uuenteo · enti do uuas der eino
almahtico cot manno miltisto ·"