Rodd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Rodd is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from "Rod(d)" 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. [1] 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." [2]

Early Origins of the Rodd family

The surname Rodd was first found in Devon where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Nicholas de la Rodde as holding lands there at that time. Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Rodde. [3]

Moving to the extreme south and west of England, we found an early listing of the family in the parish of Northill, Cornwall. "The manor of Treveniel was the property of Sir George Carew, prior to the sixteenth century, of whom it was then purchased by the Spoures; and being included in the bequest of Mrs. Grylls to Francis Rodd, Esq. it has descended with her other property, to Francis Hearle Rodd, Esq. its present possessor. By a custom which had prevailed from time immemorial, the lord of this manor claimed of the mayor of Launceston the humiliating service of holding his stirrup, whenever he mounted his horse on the occasion of the duke of Cornwall's coming into the town. Another manor called Tolcarne, or Talkarne, was also included in the bequest of Mrs. Grylls to Mr. Rodd. This has likewise descended with the other estates, and is the property of F. H. Rodd, Esq. " [4]

Early History of the Rodd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodd research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1481, 1530, 1588, 1562, 1639, 1645, 1641, 1743, 1634, 1599, 1666, 1656, 1658, 1659, 1660, 1624 and are included under the topic Early Rodd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Rodd Spelling Variations

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

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. Francis Rodes (c. 1530-1588), was an English judge and son of John Rodes of Staveley Woodthorpe, Derbyshire. "The family traced its descent from Gerard de Rodes, a prominent Baron in the reign of Henry II. Rodes was succeeded in the Barlborough estates by his eldest son by his first wife, Sir John Rodes (1562-1639), whose son Francis (d. 1645) was created a Baronet on 14 Aug...
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Rodd family to Ireland

Some of the Rodd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Rodd migration to the United States +

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 [5]

Canada Rodd migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Rodd, (b. 1825), aged 30, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth destined for Quebec, Canada aboard the ship "Barque John" on 3rd May 1855 which sank after striking the reef, she died in the sinking [6]

Australia Rodd migration to Australia +

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

Rodd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Emma Rodd, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Andromache" in 1850 [7]

New Zealand Rodd 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:

Rodd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Martha A. J. Rodd, (b. 1850), aged 25, Cornish settler departing on 5th October 1875 aboard the ship "Soukar" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 24th January 1876 [8]
  • Mr. William J. Rodd, (b. 1850), aged 25, Cornish joiner departing on 5th October 1875 aboard the ship "Soukar" going to Timaru, Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in port on 24th January 1876 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rodd (post 1700) +

  • 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 [9]
  • Marcia Rodd (b. 1940), American actress
  • Edward Hearle Rodd (1810-1880), English ornithologist, born at the vicarage of St. Just-in-Roseland, Cornwall, third son of Edward Rodd, D.D. (1768-1842)
  • Thomas Rodd (1763-1822), British bookseller, born in Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, son of Charles Rodd of Liverpool
  • John Rashleigh Rodd (1816-1892), admiral in the British Navy
  • 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


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/wreck_of_emigrant_ship_john_1855.pdf
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANDROMACHE 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Andromache.gif
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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