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The surname Rod is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from "Rodd," the name of a village in Herefordshire; in this case, the original bearer of the name would have been someone who hailed from this region. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old English "roda," meaning "clearing in a forest"; in this instance, it is likely that the progenitor of the name lived in such an area. Finally, the name may be derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name "Rod," which is itself derived from the German "Hrod," meaning "fame."

Rod Early Origins



The surname Rod was first found in Herefordshire, where the family held a family seat from early times. The name first appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Rod Spelling Variations


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Rod Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodd, Rod, Rode, Rodde, Rodda and others.

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Rod Early History


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Rod Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rod research. Another 185 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1481, 1624, 1600, 1666 and are included under the topic Early Rod History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rod Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rod Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Theoderic (Theodoric or Theodericus) Rood ( fl. 1481), a printer of incunabula at Oxford, England; James Rodd of Hereford, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1624...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rod Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rod In Ireland


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Rod In Ireland



Some of the Rod family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rod Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jeremy Rod, who settled in Virginia in 1630

Rod Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Eliz Rod, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Laurence Rod, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731
  • Jacob Rod, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Jacob Rod, who immigrated to Maryland in 1764

Rod Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • A Rod, aged 25, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rod (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rod (post 1700)



  • Edouard Rod (1857-1910), Swiss writer

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Rod Family Crest Products


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Rod Family Crest Products




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Rod Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rod 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 15 January 2016 at 10:44.

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