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The history of the Rhodes family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.

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The surname Rhodes 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.

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.


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

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

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Rhodes name or one of its variants:

Rhodes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Rhodes, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1643
  • Africa Rhodes, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Elizabeth Rhodes, who landed in Maryland in 1651-1652
  • John Rhodes, who landed in Maryland in 1651
  • Abraham Rhodes, who landed in Maryland in 1673
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Rhodes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Rhodes settled in Maryland in 1774
  • William Rhodes, who arrived in New York in 1789

Rhodes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Rhodes, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joshua Rhodes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Mary Rhodes, who arrived in New York in 1845
  • Jane Rhodes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Ellen Rhodes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Rhodes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Gilbert Rhodes, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Rhodes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Rhodes, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • William Rhodes, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Adam Rhodes, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Rhodes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • J. Rhodes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839
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Rhodes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Richard Rhodes, aged 29, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Richard Rhodes, aged 31, a joiner, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Rhodes, aged 31, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Ann Rhodes, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • William Rhodes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
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  • Dusty Rhodes (1945-2015), ring name of Virgil Riley Runnels Jr., an American professional wrestler and trainer, three-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, inducted into the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, and Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame
  • Arthur Lee Rhodes Jr. (b. 1969), American former Major League Baseball left-handed relief pitcher who played from 1991 to 2011
  • Richard Lee Rhodes (b. 1937), American journalist, historian, and author awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Benjamin S. Rhodes (1889-1969), American Republican politician, Mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, 1927-33; Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 26th District, 1939-64
  • Augustus L. Rhodes, American politician, Justice of California State Supreme Court, 1864-
  • Alec Rhodes, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 46th District; Elected unopposed 1994; Elected 1996
  • Albert T. Rhodes, American Republican politician, Member of Massachusetts State Senate Second Worcester District, 1923-24
  • Albert Rhodes (b. 1840), American politician, U.S. Consul in Jerusalem, 1863-65; Rotterdam, 1866; Rouen, 1877-83; Elberfeld, 1883-85; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Netherlands, 1866
  • Bradford Rhodes, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 2nd District, 1888-90
  • C. Adrienne Rhodes, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 14th District, 2000
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Rhodes Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. John Rhodes (b. 1916), English Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Christopher Caleb Rhodes (b. 1920), English Able Seaman from England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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  • Carry Me Back-: the History of the Roddens, Rawdens, Rodens, and Allied Families by Paul G. Rodden.
  • Rhodes-Barnett and Mitchusson-Ingram by Norma Rhodes Ladd.
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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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    Other References

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    2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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