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The surname Rodden 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodden research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1491, 1755, 1461, 1591 and are included under the topic Early Rodden History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rodden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Rodden, who arrived in America in 1812
  • Edward, John, Mary Rodden, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Rodden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Charles Rodden, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • John Rodden, aged 24, a carpenter, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Catharine Rodden, aged 22, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Patrick Rodden, aged 36, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
  • Mary Rodden, aged 34, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834

Rodden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Michael Rodden, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884

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  • Beth Rodden (b. 1980), American rock climber from San Francisco, California
  • Lois Rodden (1928-2003), Canadian astrologer, astrological data collector and founder of Astrodatabank from Lang, Saskatchewan
  • Edmund Anthony Rodden (1901-1986), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Mattawa, Ontario
  • Michael James Rodden (1891-1978), Canadian sports journalist, NHL referee, Canadian football coach, the first person elected to both the Hockey Hall of Fame (1962) and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame (1964)


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nec deficit alter
Motto Translation: Another succeeds.

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  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)

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The Rodden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rodden Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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