Rhodes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the Rhodes family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire at Rhoades, but more often than not, the name originates in the West Riding of Yorkshire. [1] The name literally means "dweller by the clearing(s)" from the Old English word "rod(u)." [2] As to confirm this meaning of the name, another source notes "a topographic name for someone who lived by a clearing in the woodland." [3] [4] Accordingly, one must dispel the rather obvious assumption that the name was derived from Rhodes, in the Mediterranean Sea. [5]

The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for students to study at the University of Oxford that was established in 1902, by English businessman and politician Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902.)

Early Origins of the Rhodes family

The surname Rhodes was first found in Yorkshire. "Roads is a numerous Bucks [(Buckinghamshire)] name. There are hamlets and villages called Rhodes in Lancashire and the West Riding. A family named Rodes or De Rodes flourished for 500 or 600 years in Lincolnshire, Notts [(Nottinghamshire)], Yorkshire, and Derbyshire: they were descended from Gerard de Rodes, a distinguished Baron of the 12th century. " [1]

While we can find places named Rhodes in the United States, Australia and South Africa, we cannot find any in England today, nor can we find Rhoades in Lincolnshire. However, a second source notes the Yorkshire reference as follows: "This was a common Yorkshire entry, and explains the large number of Rhodes in the West Riding Directory." [6]

As if to help us through this confusion, one source confirms that the first listing of the name was indeed found in Yorkshire as in Hugh de Rodes who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Yorkshire in 1219. A few years later, Alexander de la rode was listed in 1277 in Norfolk. John atte Rode was listed in Bedfordshire in 1294 and Robert del Rodes was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Lancashire in 1332. [2]

Important Dates for the Rhodes family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rhodes research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1591, 1550, 1674, 1668, 1663 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Rhodes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rhodes Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Rhodes family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Hugh Rhodes ( fl. 1550), an English author of the 'Book of Nurture,' 'born and bred in' Devonshire, a gentleman of the king's chapel. [7] John Rhoades, was an early American fur trader from New England, who was part of Jurriaen...
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Rhodes migration to the United States

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 [8]
  • Africa Rhodes, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [8]
  • Elizabeth Rhodes, who landed in Maryland in 1651-1652 [8]
  • John Rhodes, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [8]
  • Abraham Rhodes, who landed in Maryland in 1673 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Rhodes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Rhodes, who settled in Maryland in 1774
  • William Rhodes, who arrived in New York in 1789 [8]
Rhodes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Rhodes, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [8]
  • Joshua Rhodes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [8]
  • Mary Rhodes, who arrived in New York in 1845 [8]
  • Jane Rhodes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [8]
  • Ellen Rhodes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rhodes migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rhodes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Gilbert Rhodes, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Rhodes migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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 [9]
  • William Rhodes, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [9]
  • Adam Rhodes, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Thomas Rhodes, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • J. Rhodes, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Rhodes migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Rhodes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Rhodes, aged 29, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • R. Rhodes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [12]
  • Mr. Israel Rhodes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [12]
  • Mrs. Martha Rhodes, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "George Fyffe" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 7th November 1842 [12]
  • Richard Rhodes, aged 31, a joiner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Rhodes (post 1700)

  • Eugene Stephen Rhodes (1927-2018), American basketball player and coach from Louisville, Kentucky
  • 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
  • Cynthia Rhodes (b. 1956), American actress, singer and dancer
  • Ida Rhodes (1900-1986), American mathematician and pioneer in the analysis of systems of programming
  • Colonel Francis William "Frank" Rhodes CB, DSO (1851-1905), British Army Colonel in Africa
  • Thomas W. Rhodes, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Navy, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • 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 [13]
  • Augustus L. Rhodes, American politician, Justice of California State Supreme Court, 1864- [13]
  • ... (Another 116 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Rhodes family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. John Rhodes (b. 1916), English Steward serving for the Royal Navy from Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Christopher Caleb Rhodes (b. 1920), English Able Seaman from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [15]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Mark Alexander Rhodes, American Seaman First Class from North Carolina, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]
  • Mr. Birb Richard Rhodes, American Fireman Second Class from Tennessee, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [16]

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Citations

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  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Hanks Patricia, Flavia Hodges, Mills A.D., Room Adrian, The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7)
  4. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  5. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  7. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, March 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  16. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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