Last name origins & meanings:
- English: probably from a Middle English survival of the Old
English personal name Bad(d)a, which is of uncertain origin,
perhaps a short form of the various compound names with the first
element beadu ‘battle’.
- North German: from a short
form of a Germanic personal name composed with badu ‘strife’,
- North German: occupational name from Middle Low
German bade ‘messenger’.
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