The surname Rodday 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 Rodday family
The surname Rodday 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 Rodday family
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Early Notables of the Rodday 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
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Migration of the Rodday family to Ireland
Some of the Rodday family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Rodday family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jeremy Rod, who settled in Virginia in 1630; as did John Rodd in 1670; Jacob Rod, who immigrated to Maryland in 1764; William Rodd, who came to Philadelphia in 1774.
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