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What does Bowdoin mean?

Bowdoin Pronunciation of Bowdoin [bow-doin] as a boys' name has the meaning "shelter; one who brings news". Bowdoin is a variant form of Boden (Scandinavian, Old French).

Associated with: shelter (home).


Bowdoin has 3 variants: Bodin, Bodine and Bowden.

1 more related form via Boden: Bodie.

Creative forms:
(male) Bodoin, Bowton, ..


Middle name pairings:
Bowdoin Larry (B.L.), ..

How popular is Bowdoin?

Bowdoin is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#29069 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Bowdoin (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Bodie (#965 via latest list) and Boden (#976). Adoption of these forms of Bowdoin is widespread presently. Bodie is more widely used than the rest, though Boden has grown popular as well over time. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Boden, Bodie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bowdoin and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bowdoin is pronounced similarly to Baudoin and Bohdan. Other suggested similar names are Balduin (see Baldwin), Baldwin, Bardon, Beldon, Bodhi, Bogdan, Boltin, Bolton, Borbon, Borden, Bordin, Bordon, Boston, Bowen, Bowie, Bowin, Bradin, Bradon, Coldin, Godin, Godwin, Goldwin, Goodwin, Jordain and Rowdon. Like Bowdoin, these names are not frequently used.

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