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The name Rhode came to England with the ancestors of the Rhode family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rhode family lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.

Rhode Early Origins



The surname Rhode 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.

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Rhode Spelling Variations


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Rhode Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Rhode are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Rhode include Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.

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Rhode Early History


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Rhode Early History



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

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Rhode Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rhode Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rhode Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Rhode, or a variant listed above:

Rhode Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Rhode, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • Johan Georg Rhode, who arrived in America in 1699

Rhode Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Rhode settled in Virginia with his wife and three children in 1709
  • Phillip Rhode settled in Virginia with his wife and four children in 1709
  • Jeremiah Rhode, aged 48, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Philip Rhode, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • Franziska Rhode, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rhode Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Heinrich Rhode, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1850
  • Heronimus Rhode, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rhode (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rhode (post 1700)



  • Kimberly Susan "Kim" Rhode (b. 1979), American three-time Olympic gold medalist double trap and skeet shooter at the 1996, 2004 and 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Ruth Rhode (1885-1954), American diplomat and feminist

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Motto


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Motto



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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    2. 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).
    3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 28 February 2014 at 07:56.

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