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Where did the English Rodden family come from? What is the English Rodden family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rodden family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rodden family history?


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

First found in Northumberland where they held a family seat at Roddam Hall since 1296 when William Roddam had the hall built. 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" [1]. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the place name Rodden in Shropshire. There is also a Rodden river in Shropshire.


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


Another 25 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodden Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


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.


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


  • Beth Rodden (b. 1980), American rock climber from San Francisco, California
  • 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)
  • Edmund Anthony Rodden (1901-1986), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player from Mattawa, Ontario
  • Lois Rodden (1928-2003), Canadian astrologer, astrological data collector and founder of Astrodatabank from Lang, Saskatchewan


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. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  3. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  11. ...

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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 12:33.

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