Polish, Slovak, Slovenian (Prekmurje, i.e. easternmost Slovenia), and Serbian: from the common Slavic personal name Bogdan, Bohdan, composed of the elements Bog ‘God’ + dan ‘gift’. This was not a Christian name sanctioned by the Orthodox Church, but was common as a familiar vernacular name, equivalent to Greek Theodōros ‘gift of God’ (see Theodore) or Theodōtos ‘given by God’. As an American surname, it may also be a shortened form of any of numerous other Slavic surnames formed from this personal name. This is also found as a Romanian name.