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

The prestigious surname Rodrigo originated in Spain, a country which has figured prominently in world affairs for hundreds of years. The name is patronymic in origin, deriving from the name of the father of the initial bearer, and its roots can be traced back to the Visigoths, the Germanic tribe who ruled Spain between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. Rodrigo is derived from the Germanic personal name "Hrodric," which is composed of the elements "hrod," meaning "renown," and "ric," meaning "power." Thus, the name Rodrigo combines this personal name with the patronymic suffix "-ez," and refers to "a famous ruler."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodríguez, Rodriguez, Rhodriquez, Rhodriguez, Rodriz, Rodríguiz, Rodriguiz, Rodrigo, Roderiz, Ruderiz, Roiz and many more.

First found in Castile, where the name originated in Visigothic times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodrigo research. Another 456 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1194, 1199, 1228, 1300, 1380, 1410, 1440, and 1581 are included under the topic Early Rodrigo History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 155 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodrigo Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodrigo Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Rodrigo, who landed in New Jersey in 1776
  • Joseph Rodrigo, who landed in New Jersey in 1776

Rodrigo Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Bartolome Rodrigo, who landed in America in 1817
  • Gabriel Rodrigo, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1821
  • Aries Rodrigo, who arrived in Rio de Is Plata in 1835
  • M Rodrigo, aged 25, landed in New Orleans, La in 1839
  • Marcelino Rodrigo, aged 30, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1839


  • Joaquín Rodrigo, Spanish composer and guitarist


  • Descendants of Jean Rodrigue and Anne LeRoy of Portugal, Canada, U.S.A. (Louisiana) by Wilma Boudreaux, Our Rodriguez and Isabel Ortega Alvarez of Spa.
  • by B.M. Rodriguez.

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  4. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Chronological list of passengers to Spanish America (including Florida and Louisiana, 1538-1559). From documents in the "Indian Archives". Sevilla. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Rodrigo Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rodrigo 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.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:38.

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