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Where did the English Rhoden family come from? What is the English Rhoden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rhoden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rhoden family history?

The ancestors of the Rhoden family brought their name to England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.

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Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rhoden were recorded, including Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.

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

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

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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Rhoden arrived in North America very early: John Rhode settled in Virginia with his wife and three children in 1709; along with Phillip and his wife and four children; John Rhodes settled in Maryland in 1774.

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  • Rick Rhoden (b. 1953), American Major League Baseball player
  • John Rhoden (1918-2001), American sculptor
  • Vincent George Rhoden (b. 1926), former Jamaican runner and winner of two Olympic gold medals in 1952
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Rhoden OBE, ED (1914-2003), commanding officer of 2/14th Battalion Second Australian Imperial Force at the Battle of Isurava


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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 Rhoden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rhoden 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 16 November 2014 at 20:19.

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