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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. [1] "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." [2] The village "was possessed by the family as early as the time of Stephen." [3] 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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  • August Rodney (1905-1984), American Major League Baseball player, coach, scout
  • George B. Rodney (1803-1883), American lawyer and U.S. Representative from Delaware
  • Thomas Rodney (1744-1811), American lawyer and Continental Congressman from Delaware
  • Fernando Rodney (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers
  • Daniel Rodney (1764-1846), American merchant, Governor and U.S. Senator from Delaware
  • Caleb Rodney (1767-1840), American merchant and Governor of Delaware
  • Caesar Rodney (1728-1784), American signer of Declaration of Independence
  • Admiral George Brydges Rodney KB (1719-1792), 1st Baron Rodney, English naval commander
  • Mr. Edward Rodney, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Walter Rodney (1942-1980), Guyanese historian and politician


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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. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  10. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. 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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