Roda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Roda family

The surname Roda was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat at Roddam Hall since 1296 when William Roddam had the hall built. "Roddam Hall is a handsome modern mansion, standing on a bold eminence which on the north forms the bank of a deep romantic dell watered by a tributary of the Till. A stone coffin and an urn were dug up here in 1796." [1]

John of Roddam held land in Little Houghton in 1337. The Roddam family has held the hall until at least 1776 when it was owned by Admiral Robert Roddam (1719-1808).

Roddam is derived from the Old English word "rod" which means "clearing" [2]. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the place name Rodden in Shropshire. There is also a Rodden River in Shropshire.

Important Dates for the Roda family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roda research. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1491, 1755, 1461, 1591 and are included under the topic Early Roda History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roda Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roddam, Rodden, Roddan, Roddin, Rodan and others.

Early Notables of the Roda family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Roda Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Roda family to Ireland

Some of the Roda family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roda migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Roda, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 [3]

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Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ 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)
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