Rodda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Rodda 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 Rodda family

The surname Rodda 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 Rodda family

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Rodda Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Rodda 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...
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Ireland Migration of the Rodda family to Ireland

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United States Rodda migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. J. Rodda, (b. 1809), aged 32, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 25 May 1841 [5]
  • Mrs. M. Rodda, (b. 1808), aged 33, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 25 May 1841 [5]
  • Miss M. Rodda, (b. 1834), aged 7, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Royal Adelaide" arriving in the United States on 25 May 1841 [5]
  • Mr. J. Rodda, (b. 1813), aged 28, Cornish settler departing from Falmouth aboard the ship "Cornwall" arriving in the United States on 3 June 1841 [5]
  • Mr. John Rodda, (b. 1789), aged 53, Cornish miner departing from Penzance aboard the ship "Triton" arriving in the United States on 11 May 1842 [5]
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Rodda Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. James Rodda, (b. 1883), aged 20, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 2nd August 1903 en route to Redding, California, USA [6]
  • Mr. James Rodda, (b. 1881), aged 22, Cornish miner, from St Mary's, Isle of Scilly, UK travelling aboard the ship "New York" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 24th May 1903 en route to Leadville, Colorado, USA [6]
  • Mr. John Rodda, (b. 1839), aged 64, American miner returning from Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 29th August 1903 en route to New York, USA [6]
  • Miss Lillie Rodda, (b. 1879), aged 24, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Philadelphia" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 15th February 1903 en route to Baltic, Michigan, USA [6]
  • Miss Mabel Rodda, (b. 1886), aged 18, Cornish shop assistant travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 11th April 1904 en route to Frostburg, Maryland, USA [6]
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Australia Rodda migration to Australia +

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

Rodda Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Rodda, (b. 1793), aged 38 born in Penzance, Cornwall, UK convicted in Launceston on 24th March 1831, sentenced for life for stealing from a person, transported aboard the ship "Mary" in 1831 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [7]
  • Ms. Elizabeth Rodda (b. 1793), aged 38, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 24th March 1831, sentenced for life for stealing from W.D. Lawry of Penzance, transported aboard the ship "Mary" on 9th June 1831 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [8]
  • Harriet Rodda, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [9]
  • Mary Rodda, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [9]
  • Sara Rodda, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [9]
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Rodda Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Rodda, (b. 1879), aged 23, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Duke of Norfolk" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 17th March 1902 [10]
  • Mr. Richard Rodda, (b. 1871), aged 31, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Duke of Norfolk" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 17th March 1902 [10]

New Zealand Rodda 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:

Rodda Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Rodda, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [11]
  • Mrs. Rodda, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Josephine Willis" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1855 [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Rodda, (b. 1855), aged 19, Cornish farm labourer departing on 7th May 1874 aboard the ship "Eastern Monarch" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 22nd July 1874 [12]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Rodda, (b. 1839), aged 35, Cornish settler departing on 1st September 1874 aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [13]
  • Mr. William Rodda, (b. 1836), aged 38, Cornish labourer departing on 1st September 1874 aboard the ship "Assaye" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th December 1874 [13]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Rodda (post 1700) +

  • R. W. Rodda, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924 [14]
  • Jeanette Rodda, American politician, Independent Candidate for Presidential Elector for Arizona, 2008 [14]
  • Albert S. Rodda Jr., American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1960; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1968 [14]
  • Alby Rodda (b. 1920), Australian football player
  • Adrian G. Rodda CMG (1911-1997), senior New Zealand civil servant
  • Emily Rodda, author of the Deltora Quest fantasy series and the award-winning Rowan series
  • Sidney Rodda (b. 1906), British physicist


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  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. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to New York 1820 - 1891 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_new_york_1820_1891.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  8. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  9. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  10. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  13. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Auckland 1872-80 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  14. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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