Roderick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Roderick surname is derived from the Welsh personal name Rhydderch. The name also came to Britain with the Normans, usually in the form Rodrick. The name means "famous ruler", and appears in Old German as Hrodric. Saint Roderick (d. 857) is venerated as one of the Martyrs of Córdoba.
Early Origins of the Roderick family
The surname Roderick was first found in Powys (Welsh: Powys), a Welsh Kingdom in post-Roman times, now a county of Wales created by joining the former counties of Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, and Breconshire, north Wales where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Roderick family
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Roderick Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Roderick, Rodric and others.
Early Notables of the Roderick family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Roderick, Lord of Anglesey, second son of Owen Gwynedd, Prince of North Wales.
John Roderick, Rhydderch or Rogers (died 1735), Welsh printer, son of Rhydderch Dafydd...
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In the United States, the name Roderick is the 3,943rd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 
Migration of the Roderick family to Ireland
Some of the Roderick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Roderick migration to the United States +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Roderick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Ann Roderick, age 26, who settled in Mobile, Alabama in 1852
- Ann Roderick, aged 26, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 
- James Roderick, aged 30, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 
- Jerry Roderick, aged 6, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1852 
- Mary Roderick, aged 10, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1852 
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Roderick 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:
Roderick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Roderick, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Roderick (post 1700) +
- Solomon P. Roderick, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1912 
- Joseph D. Roderick, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1932 
- J. H. Roderick, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wyoming State Senate from Uinta County, 1964 
- George W. Roderick, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 6th District, 1894 
- Edward W. Roderick, American Republican politician, Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Tuscarawas County, 1897 
- Brigadier-General Thomas Edison Roderick (1892-1944), American Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Allied Force Headquarters North Africa (1943-1944) 
- Casey Roderick (b. 1992), American NASCAR stock car racing driver
- John Roderick (b. 1968), American musician and writer
- John Roderick (1914-2008), American journalist and foreign correspondent for the Associated Press news service
- John Roderick (b. 1944), former professional American AFL football wide receiver
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Suggested Readings for the name Roderick +
- Rothrock Genealogy, 1684-1978: Rodrock-Rotruck-Roderick-Raodrock By Henry Shirley Rothrock.
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Thomas Roderick. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Roderick/Thomas_Edison/USA.html