Rood History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Rood is of several possible origins. Firstly, it is derived from "Rod(d)" the name of a village in Herefordshire; in this case, the original bearer of the name would have been someone who hailed from this region. [1] Alternatively, the name may be derived from the Old English "roda," meaning "clearing in a forest"; in this instance, it is likely that the progenitor of the name lived in such an area. Finally, the name may be derived from the Anglo-Saxon personal name "Rod," which is itself derived from the German "Hrod," meaning "fame." [2]

Early Origins of the Rood family

The surname Rood was first found in Devon where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Nicholas de la Rodde as holding lands there at that time. Over one hundred years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Rodde. [3]

Moving to the extreme south and west of England, we found an early listing of the family in the parish of Northill, Cornwall. "The manor of Treveniel was the property of Sir George Carew, prior to the sixteenth century, of whom it was then purchased by the Spoures; and being included in the bequest of Mrs. Grylls to Francis Rodd, Esq. it has descended with her other property, to Francis Hearle Rodd, Esq. its present possessor. By a custom which had prevailed from time immemorial, the lord of this manor claimed of the mayor of Launceston the humiliating service of holding his stirrup, whenever he mounted his horse on the occasion of the duke of Cornwall's coming into the town. Another manor called Tolcarne, or Talkarne, was also included in the bequest of Mrs. Grylls to Mr. Rodd. This has likewise descended with the other estates, and is the property of F. H. Rodd, Esq. " [4]

Early History of the Rood family

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Rood Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rodd, Rod, Rode, Rodde, Rodda and others.

Early Notables of the Rood family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Theoderic (Theodoric or Theodericus) Rood ( fl. 1481), a printer of incunabula at Oxford, England. Francis Rodes (c. 1530-1588), was an English judge and son of John Rodes of Staveley Woodthorpe, Derbyshire. "The family traced its descent from Gerard de Rodes, a prominent Baron in the reign of Henry II. Rodes was succeeded in the Barlborough estates by his eldest son by his first wife, Sir John Rodes (1562-1639), whose son Francis (d. 1645) was created a Baronet on 14 Aug...
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Rood Ranking

In the United States, the name Rood is the 5,388th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [5] However, in Netherlands, the name Rood is ranked the 962nd most popular surname with an estimated 2,148 people with that name. [6]

Ireland Migration of the Rood family to Ireland

Some of the Rood family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Rood migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rood Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Rood, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [7]
Rood Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Susanna Rood, who arrived in Virginia in 1702 [7]
  • Margarite Rood, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1731 [7]
  • Catrine Rood, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1731 [7]
  • Hans Rood, aged 22, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [7]
  • Anna Rood, aged 19, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1733 [7]
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Rood Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D Rood, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [7]

Canada Rood migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Rood Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Rood U.E., (Road) who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Rood (post 1700) +

  • Richard Rood (b. 1955), American violinist, concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • Ronald Rood (1920-2001), American author and naturalist in Vermont
  • Ogden Nicholas Rood (1831-1902), American physicist best known for his work in color theory
  • John C. Rood (b. 1969), American Acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
  • Grace L. Rood, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Colorado, 1928 [9]
  • Frank M. Rood (b. 1856), American Republican politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 26th District, 1907-08; Secretary of State of South Dakota, 1915-19 [9]
  • Ebenezer H. Rood, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Hartford, 1910 [9]
  • E. H. Rood, American politician, Mayor of Bloomington, Illinois, 1865-67, 1880 [9]
  • Arthur R. Rood (1858-1900), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Executive Committee, 1899; Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1899 [9]
  • Anson Rood, American Republican politician, Minister; Speaker, Republican National Convention, 1856 [9]
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RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Hugh Roscoe Rood (d. 1912), aged 38, American First Class passenger from Seattle, Washington who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [10]


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/netherlands/surnames
  7. ^ 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)
  8. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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