Meaning: “battle recovery; battle improvement”
The name is derived from the Norse Bothild, which is made up of the elements bot which means “recovery; improvement” and hild, which means “battle.” Hence the name could either mean “battle recovery” or “battle improvement.”
In Sweden, the usage of the name first came to light in the region of Skåne, (on the Danish border), around the 14th century, listed as Boeld. It suddenly became incredibly popular in the middle of the 18th century.
Today the name is still in usage in Sweden, but is considered rather old fashioned and dated.
Other forms of the name include:
- Bodil (Danish/Faroese/Norwegian)
- Boeld (Danish)
- Boel (Danish/Swedish)
- Bolette (Danish)
- Bodhild (Norwegian)
- Bol (Norwegian: dialectical form)
- Bóthildr (Old Norse)
Its designated name-days are June 17 (Norway) and January 26 (Sweden).