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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodney, Rodnie, Rodnee, Rotney, Rotnee, Rodoney, Rodeney and many more.

First found in Somerset where they are descended from the tenant of the lands and village of Rodney Stoke, held by the Bishop of Coutances, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. The village held a Mill, 20 pigs, 20 mares and 68 goats. Today Rodney Stoke is a small village and civil parish and is home to the Church of St. Leonard, built c. 1175. A screen in the church bearing the date 1624 lists the church as a gift of Sir E. Rodney.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodney research. Another 339 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1095, 1510, 1600, 1141, 1385, 1445, 1559, 1316, 1497, 1513, 1780, 1400, 1391, 1387, 1396, 1590, 1657, 1621 and 1642 are included under the topic Early Rodney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Edward Rodney, aged 34, landed in New York in 1832
  • Joseph Rodney, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Rodney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Anne Rodney, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1820

Rodney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Rodney, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

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  • Caesar Rodney (1728-1784), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Caleb Rodney (1767-1840), American merchant and Governor of Delaware
  • Daniel Rodney (1764-1846), American merchant, Governor and U.S. Senator from Delaware
  • Fernando Rodney (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Thomas Rodney (1744-1811), American lawyer and Continental Congressman from Delaware
  • George B. Rodney (1803-1883), American lawyer and U.S. Representative from Delaware
  • August Rodney (1905-1984), American Major League Baseball player, coach, scout
  • Admiral George Brydges Rodney KB (1719-1792), 1st Baron Rodney, English naval commander
  • Walter Rodney (1942-1980), Guyanese historian and politician
  • Mr. Edward Rodney, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking


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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: Non generant aquilae columbas
Motto Translation: Eagles do not bring forth doves.

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  1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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The Rodney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rodney 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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