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The surname Rodney was 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) "This was long the seat of the knightly family of Rodney, whose descendant, the distinguished admiral, was elevated to the peerage as Baron Rodney, of Rodney Stoke, in 1782, for the memorable victory he had achieved over the French fleet commanded by the Comte de Grasse." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. The village "was possessed by the family as early as the time of Stephen." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print. 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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodney, Rodnie, Rodnee, Rotney, Rotnee, Rodoney, Rodeney and many more.
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 and printed products wherever possible.
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Rodney (died 1400), English politician, elected a Member (MP) of the Parliament of England for Somerset in 1391, appointed High Sheriff of Somerset...
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rodney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rodney Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Rodney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Rodney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Rodney Historic Events
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.
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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