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A variation of this name is Boudica, used it my textbooks.
Silversliver  5/31/2006
Boudica (or Boadicea) was the wife of Prasutagus, king of the Iceni, a British tribe, at a time when Britain was a Roman province. When Prasutagus died he willed half of his kingdom to the Roman empire and half to Boudica and their two daughters, Camorra and Tascal or, according to legend, Voada and Voadicia. British law allowed royal inheritance to be passed to daughters in the absence of male heir, but Roman law did not. The Roman administrator ignored the will and proceded to take over the entire kingdom. Roman historian Tacitus wrote, "Kingdom and household alike were plundered like prizes of war... for a start, his widow Boudica was flogged and their daughters raped. The chieftains of the Iceni were deprived of their family estates as if the whole country had been handed over to the Romans. The king's own relatives were treated as slaves."

Enraged Boudica joined Iceni forces with another tribe, the Trinobantes, and together they fought back. They attacked and conquered the Roman colony Camulodunum (now Colchester) and burned the temple dedicated to Claudius, the Roman emperor who completed the conquest of Britain. The Romans retaliated against the insurgents by sending a whole division of soldiers, but they were defeated. The insurgents then marched on London, which they sacked, and killed its Roman population, as well as their sympathizers. They did the same at Verulamium (now St. Albans) and other settlements.

Finally, Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, the Roman governor of Britain, gathered all the Roman troops in the south of Britain and attacked the British in a narrow valley so that the superior numbers of rebel force would be of no advantage against the smaller Roman army. Tacitus reported that Boudica was seen riding her chariot and inspiring her troops before the battle.

However, this time the Romans were victorious, and slaughtered the rebel troops. Boudica and her daughters escaped but then poisoned themselves rather than allow capture. Roman retribution for rebellion was swift and cruel but the British kept up the fight for another year, when Suetonius was succeeded by Publius Petronius Turpilianus, who changed the policy toward the native population to one of appeasement, which remained in use for three hundred more years of Roman occupation of Britain.
rainbow_Maya  8/13/2006
Boudicca was a fierce Celtic woman, with long red hair. She led an army in a time where women had little place in society and faced the invading Romans, who had conquered many countries including Gaul (France). Although she lost the battle, she was a great woman.
― Anonymous User  11/18/2006
In the cartoon 'Gargoyles' the Gargoyle dog on Avalon is named Boudicca.
― Anonymous User  3/4/2008
I love this name, it is very beautiful, this would probably be my first pick if I ever have a daughter. And aside from the cartoon Gargoyles, I have never heard of this name being used before.
Alchemist  3/4/2008
BOUDICA is the spelling most scholars agree on. BOUDICCA was recorded by Tacitus. It SHOULD be pronounced like BO di ka - BO as in bow/tow not the modern BOO. So effectively it comes off sounding a lot like BOW dick uh. Not my preferred. :/

I like the modern Latinized Boadicea. It's just stunning but I hate that it's an obvious mistranslation.

I have no idea why it's not used more in the UK. What a namesake! There's a few brave persons over the last hundred years. Even as a middle name. It deserves use.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2008
My stepmother named her gorgeous tonkanese cat, Boudicca. Although she went hiphop on us and turned it into bow-dee-sha.
Keladry  12/16/2008
There is a historical fiction novel "Song for a Dark Queen," about the famous Celtic queen.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  1/30/2009
The Irish form of Boudicca is Buadaca, which is kind of cool because it contains the word "bua", meaning "victory" in Irish. Though I've never met anyone in Ireland called Buadaca.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2009
Although I agree that the historical Boudicca was awesome, I still wouldn't name my child this, since it sounds ugly and rather pretentious.
bananarama  9/8/2009
Some very brave English parents have used this recently. I've spotted several.
― Anonymous User  9/12/2009
Although I think Boadicea is a far more appealing pronunciation and spelling of this name, this is still a great name and deserves to be used more often. :)
walesgal92  10/25/2009
The name Boudicca could have different meanings, as each case it is recorded it is spelled differently. Bodicca would mean, She the Wise Cow. Bo meaning Cow, while Dicca is the female of wise, Dice being the male.
Boudicca could mean, She (Who is) wise in victory. Bou Victory and Dicca Wise. The letter A at the end of a name indicates a female.
setantos  12/18/2009
In Marion Zimmer Bradley's Ravens of Avalon, Boudicca is a strong, brave character, and as a historical figure, a lovely namesake.
I came to this site looking for the meaning of this name and- really weird coincidence- it was the name of the day.
hiya21  12/20/2009
This is one ancient female name I actually like, but I would not bestow it upon any girl other than one who has the strength of spirit Queen Boudicca had. This would be a good nickname too.
Arcticwarrior  12/20/2009
This would be a big load for a little girl to carry.
vomiting  2/17/2010
The correct pronunciation for Boudicca is (ˈbu¢°dɨkə), or BOH-di-kə.
erb816  3/23/2010
Sounds too much like "booty call...!"
Sabertooth  12/20/2014
Just wanted to clarify that it is NOT known if queen Boudicca committed suicide or not. Essentially all of what we know of the pre-medieval period in Britain and Scotland comes from Roman sources, often written anywhere from decades to centuries after the fact. The legend is she committed suicide rather than allow herself to be taken alive, as it fits into the romantic ideal of the defiant warrior queen. In reality, historians cite that their isn't any legitimate evidence for this. They say she just as likely fell ill and died from her wounds following her defeat.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2015
Ok, thank you for the first and last information. I have heard that as well as the possibility of her dying of her wounds in leiu of commiting suicide, but I did not know that about the king her husband or his willing half the kingdom to Rome. This is interesting and spurs me to go in depth.
flwerchild65  9/29/2015
That's a very beautiful name. I'm thinking to name my daughter Boudica, with one c since it's an official spelling of the name. The best thing about the name; it's very rare and has a strong meaning. I find it very strange that it's not being used much.
― Anonymous User  1/19/2016
I live in the land of the Iceni and I have a boat called Boudicca. My Welsh friend Griff (what else?) assures me that Boudicca was the daughter of a welsh king (of Angelsey) and hence her original name would have been welsh and would probably have been pronounced something like "Biddigg" - but who knows?
bobw  3/4/2016
My daughter is called Boudicca. It is a wonderful name, and although my parents in law kept telling us that we will change our minds, once the baby was born my family have always been very supportive. My daughter's father is English, and it was his great idea. I have never met another child with this name, and it is surprising, as she was an important historical figure in this country. My little girl is now 4, and we absolutely love her name, and so does she. She is indeed as strong as the name implies, which is wonderful for a girl.
Sunnuva  9/9/2016
Wikipeida lists Boudica, Boudicca, Boudicea, and Buddug as variants, Buddug being Welsh.
Feorsteorra  1/12/2017
Wikipedia has this for the pronunciation of Boadicea / Boudicea: /boʊdɪˈsiːə/
And this for the pronunciation of Boudica: [bɒʊˈdiːkaː]
The first is apparently pronounced bo-di-SEE-ə and the second is more like bo-DEE-ka.
Feorsteorra  4/1/2018

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