The surname Rodd 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."
Early Origins of the Rodd family
The surname Rodd 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.
Early History of the Rodd family
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Rodd Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Rodd family (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
in 1624... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Rodd family to Ireland
Some of the Rodd family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rodd family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Rodd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Rodd, who settled in Virginia in 1670
Rodd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Rodd, who settled in Philadelphia in 1774
Rodd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A Rodd, aged 25, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Rodd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Emma Rodd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANDROMACHE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Andromache.gif
Contemporary Notables of the name Rodd (post 1700)
- Marcia Rodd (b. 1940), American actress
- Major L. Rodd, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State Senate 15th District, 1938; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Hampshire, 1944 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- John Rashleigh Rodd (1816-1892), admiral in the British Navy
- Thomas Rodd (1763-1822), British bookseller
- James Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell of Rodd in the County of Hereford
- John Rodd, Australian lawyer
- Evelyn Violet Elizabeth Rodd, Baroness Emmet of Amberley (1899-1980), a county councillor