Show ContentsRodin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Rodin family

The surname Rodin 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.

Early History of the Rodin family

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Rodin Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Rodin family

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Rodin Ranking

In Russia, the name Rodin is the 863rd most popular surname with an estimated 21,216 people with that name. 3

Ireland Migration of the Rodin family to Ireland

Some of the Rodin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 89 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Rodin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sabina Rodin, aged 13, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1849 4

Contemporary Notables of the name Rodin (post 1700) +

  • Burton Rodin (b. 1933), U.S. mathematician
  • Gil Rodin (1906-1974), U.S. jazz saxophonist
  • Bernard M. Rodin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1972 5
  • Alexander Rodin (1947-2022), Belarusian contemporary painter
  • Sergei Aleksandrovich Rodin (1981-2021), Russian professional football player
  • Oleh Rodin (b. 1956), Russian football player
  • Judith Rodin (b. 1944), the first permanent woman president of an Ivy League university
  • Auguste Rodin (1841-1917), French sculptor, eponym of numerous locations including The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia, U.S.A. and the lunar crater

The Rodin Motto +

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.

  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)
  3. "Most Common Last Names in Russia." Forebears,
  4. 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)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from on Facebook