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Origins Available: English
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
in 1391, appointed High Sheriff
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
- 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 18th Century
- Sgt. George Bridges Rodney U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he died in New Brunswick CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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
- Mr. Edward Rodney, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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 columbasMotto Translation:
Eagles do not bring forth doves.
- ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- 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).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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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