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Origins Available: English, German


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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. "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.


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

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Some of the Roden 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:

Roden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Annie S. Roden, aged 1, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Roden Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Annie Roden, aged 7, who settled in America from Killagone, in 1900
  • Alfred J. Roden, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Toronto, in 1905
  • Catherine Roden, aged 20, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1909
  • Clara Roden, aged 35, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1911
  • Charles Roden, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Rock Ferry, England, in 1919


Roden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. William Roden Jr., U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1795 was a Mariner
  • Mr. William Roden Sr., U.E. who settled in Carleton [Saint John City], New Brunswick c. 1784

Roden Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Clara Eliz. Roden, aged 62, destined for Toronto, in 1910

Roden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Robert Roden, aged 31, a bricklayer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"

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  • Holland Roden, American actress
  • Benjamin Lloyd Roden (1902-1978), American religious leader
  • Steve Roden, American sound and visual artist
  • Henry Roden, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska Territorial Senate, 1913-14, 1935-42
  • Catherine N. Roden, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1948, 1952
  • William Thomas Roden (1817-1892), English portrait-painter
  • William Sargeant Roden (1829-1882), English iron master and Liberal politician
  • Claudia Roden (b. 1936), Egypt-born, English cookbook writer
  • Jess Roden (b. 1947), English rock singer/guitarist
  • Neil Roden, Irish professional rugby league footballer

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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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Roden Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Roden 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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