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Where did the English Roddy family come from? When did the Roddy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Roddy family history?

The surname Roddy is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from "Rodd," the name of a village in Herefordshire; in this case, the original bearer of the name would have been someone who hailed from this region. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old English "roda," meaning "clearing in a forest"; in this instance, it is likely that the progenitor of the name lived in such an area. Finally, the name may be derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name "Rod," which is itself derived from the German "Hrod," meaning "fame."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodd, Rod, Rode, Rodde, Rodda and others.

First found in Herefordshire, where the family held a family seat from early times. The name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roddy research. Another 185 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1481, 1600 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Roddy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 89 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roddy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Roddy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 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:

Roddy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Margery Roddy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Roddy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Roddy, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Hugh Roddy, who arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • Martin Roddy, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1823
  • Hall Roddy, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • Cornelius Roddy, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870


Roddy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anne Roddy, aged 35, who settled in America from Leitrim, in 1904
  • Annie Roddy, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, in 1904
  • Bessie Roddy, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Ballajhadereen, in 1906
  • Annie Roddy, aged 21, who landed in America from Ballaghaderin, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Roddy, aged 23, who landed in America from Ballaghaderin, Ireland, in 1908


Roddy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Archibald Roddy, aged 60, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Elenor Roddy, aged 60, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • John Roddy, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ann Roddy, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Daniel Roddy, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833


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  • Robert Ray "Rod" Roddy (1937-2003), American radio and television announcer
  • Dennis Brian Patrick Roddy (b. 1954), American journalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Martin Roddy (1887-1948), Irish politician, newspaper editor and company director
  • Joseph Roddy (1897-1965), Irish Fine Gael politician from County Leitrim
  • Colonel Patrick Roddy VC (1827-1895), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross


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