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The name Rhoads reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Rhoads family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rhoads family lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.


The surname Rhoads was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rhoads family name include Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rhoads research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1591 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Rhoads History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 55 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rhoads Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Rhoads family to immigrate North America:

Rhoads Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Josiah Rhoads, who arrived in New York in 1797

Rhoads Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. W. S. Rhoads, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Hannah Rhoads, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894

Rhoads Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph E. Rhoads, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • E. Clinton Rhoads, aged 40, who emigrated to America, in 1903
  • Edwin C. Rhoads, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Ella S. Rhoads, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Annie E. Rhoads, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1907


  • Terry Rhoads (1951-2013), American television actor, known for his work in Liar Liar (1997), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Hitchcock (2012)
  • Cornelius Packard "Dusty" Rhoads (1898-1959), American pathologist and oncologist, he appeared on the cover of the June 27, 1949 issue of Time magazine under the title "Cancer Fighter"
  • Webster Rhoads, American co-founder of Miller & Rhoads, a Virginia-based department store chain in 1885
  • Dean Rhoads (b. 1935), American politician, Republican member of the Nevada Senate (1984-)
  • Fred Rhoads (1921-2000), American cartoonist, best known for his contributions to George Baker's Sad Sack
  • James Evans Rhoads (1828-1895), American educator and administrator, first president of Bryn Mawr College
  • Barton Emory "Bob" Rhoads (1879-1967), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1902 to 1909
  • Samuel Rhoads (1711-1784), American architect, an associate and friend of Benjamin Franklin, Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia, Mayor of Philadelphia (1774-1775)
  • Randall William "Randy" Rhoads (1956-1982), American heavy metal guitarist, best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot
  • Paul Rhoads (b. 1967), American college football head coach


  • The Rhoads Family of Pennsylvania by S. Castner.

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: Robor meum Deus
Motto Translation: Strength through God.


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The Rhoads Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rhoads 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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