Rodway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Rodway surname is a habitational name, taken on from any of various place names, such as Radway in Devon, Radway in Warwickshire, Rodway in Somerset, or Roadway in Devon. These place names are all from the Old English words "re-ad," meaning "red," and "waye," meaning "road."

Early Origins of the Rodway family

The surname Rodway was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1205 when Henry de Radeweie held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Rodway family

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Rodway Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rodway family name include Radway, Rodway, Radaway, Rodaway, Reddaway, Roadway and many more.

Early Notables of the Rodway family (pre 1700)

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United States Rodway migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rodway surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Rodway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Rodway, who settled in Maryland in 1670
  • John Rodway, who arrived in Maryland in 1670 [1]
  • Stephen Rodway, who was on record in Barbados in 1685

Canada Rodway migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rodway Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Rodway, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Rodway, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Rodway (post 1700) +

  • A. N. Rodway, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1916 [2]
  • Leonard Rodway (1853-1936), English-born Australian dentist and botanist, made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in the 1917 New Year Honours and awarded the Clarke Medal of the Royal Society of New South Wales in 1924
  • Eduardo Rodríguez Rodway (b. 1945), Spanish singer and musician, guitarist of the rock band Triana
  • Steve Rodway, known by his stage names Motiv 8 or Motiv8, a British Electronic dance music record producer, songwriter, remixer and sound engineer
  • Norman Rodway (1929-2001), Irish actor who joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1966

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Archie  Rodway (1862-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]
  • Mrs. Ida  Rodway (1896-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]
  • Mr. Herbert  Rodway (1904-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [3]

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 5) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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