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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
Rhoads Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Rhoads Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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.
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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