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Where did the English Rodden family come from? What is the English Rodden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rodden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rodden family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Roddam, Rodden, Roddan, Roddin, Rodan and others.

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat at Roddam Hall since 1296 when William Roddam had the hall built. John of Roddam held land in Little Houghton in 1337. The Roddam family has held the hall until at least 1776 when it was owned by Admiral Robert Roddam (1719-1808). Roddam is derived from the Old English word "rod" which means "clearing" [1]. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the place name Rodden in Shropshire. There is also a Rodden river in Shropshire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodden research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1461, 1491, and 1755 are included under the topic Early Rodden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rodden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodden Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Rodden, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Edward, John, Mary Rodden, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

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  • Beth Rodden (b. 1980), American rock climber from San Francisco, California
  • Michael James Rodden (1891-1978), Canadian sports journalist, NHL referee, Canadian football coach, the first person elected to both the Hockey Hall of Fame (1962) and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1964)
  • Edmund Anthony Rodden (1901-1986), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Mattawa, Ontario
  • Lois Rodden (1928-2003), Canadian astrologer, astrological data collector and founder of Astrodatabank from Lang, Saskatchewan


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec deficit alter
Motto Translation: Another succeeds.

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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Rodden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rodden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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