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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?


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.


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.


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


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"


  • 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
  • Earl Rodney, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 17th District, 1990
  • Daniel Rodney (1764-1846), American politician, Representative from Delaware at-large, 1822-23; U.S. Senator from Delaware, 1826-27
  • Caesar Augustus Rodney (1772-1824), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Delaware at-large, 1803-05, 1821-22; U.S. Attorney General, 1807-11
  • Caesar Rodney (1728-1784), American politician, Member of Delaware State Legislature, 1762; Justice of Delaware State Supreme Court, 1769; Signer, Declaration of Independence, 1776



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. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  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. 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.
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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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