Rodney

First Name
246k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
4k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rodney mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Rodney

"Rodney" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the island in the swift river". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Wiktionary

Old English placename Hrōdanīeġ, Hrōdanīġ (literally “Hroda's island”), from Proto-Germanic *hrōþiz (“fame”) and *awjō (“island”).

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Rodney

Rodney was given the name Rodney Glen King III on April 2nd, 1965 in Sacramento, California, U.S. He left this life on June 17th, 2012.

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Rodney was born on August 23rd, 1943 in United States. Rodney is also known as The Dating Game Killer, John Berger, John Burger, and Rod Alcala.

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Rodney Dangerfield was a stand-up comedian and actor. He was most prominent from 1940 to 1949. Rodney was given the name Jacob Rodney Cohen on November 22nd, 1921 in Deer Park, New York, U.S. He left this life on October 5th, 2004.

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Rod Taylor was an actor. His career lasted from 1951 to 2015. Rod was given the name Rodney Sturt Taylor on January 11th, 1930 in Lidcombe, New South Wales. He breathed his last breath on January 7th, 2015.

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Rodney Crowell is a country music singer-songwriter, record producer, performing arts, and music director. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1972 to present. Rodney was born on August 7th, 1950 in Crosby, Texas.

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Rodney Peete is a football player for the Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and Carolina Panthers. Rodney was born on March 16th, 1966 in Mesa, Arizona.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rodney

Burning Spear is a reggae and dub music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to present. Burning was given the name Winston Rodney on March 1st, 1945 in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica.

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Fernando Rodney is a baseball player for the San Diego Padres. Fernando was born on March 18th, 1977 in Samaná (town).

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Caesar Rodney was a President of Delaware, Continental Congressmanfrom Delaware, List of Governors of Delaware, and Continental Congress. Caesar was born on October 7th, 1728 in Kent County, Delaware. He left this life on June 26th, 1784.

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The Lord Rodney is a military person. His military service ended in 1792.

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Rodney is a wrestler. Rodney was born on January 1st, 1971 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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Brendon was born on April 9th, 1992 in Etobicoke.

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How popular is the baby name Rodney in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 13 0 13
1881 6 0 6
1882 12 0 12
1883 11 0 11
1884 13 0 13
1885 13 0 13
1886 14 0 14
1887 9 0 9
1888 12 0 12
1889 9 0 9
1890 19 0 19
1891 11 0 11
1892 16 0 16
1893 19 0 19
1894 9 0 9
1895 19 0 19
1896 14 0 14
1897 17 0 17
1898 20 0 20
1899 18 0 18
1900 21 0 21
1901 10 0 10
1902 19 0 19
1903 13 0 13
1904 13 0 13
1905 20 0 20
1906 29 0 29
1907 17 0 17
1908 27 0 27
1909 25 0 25
1910 34 0 34
1911 59 0 59
1912 88 0 88
1913 131 0 131
1914 189 0 189
1915 235 0 235
1916 237 0 237
1917 234 0 234
1918 258 5 253
1919 315 0 315
1920 353 0 353
1921 361 0 361
1922 407 6 401
1923 388 0 388
1924 397 0 397
1925 452 5 447
1926 488 6 482
1927 569 7 562
1928 596 7 589
1929 544 5 539
1930 646 7 639
1931 719 12 707
1932 828 0 828
1933 782 0 782
1934 930 0 930
1935 1,027 0 1,027
1936 1,016 7 1,009
1937 1,026 0 1,026
1938 1,300 0 1,300
1939 1,454 8 1,446
1940 1,405 7 1,398
1941 1,560 7 1,553
1942 1,792 7 1,785
1943 1,988 5 1,983
1944 1,797 14 1,783
1945 2,195 9 2,186
1946 3,311 8 3,303 #93 boy name
1947 3,570 8 3,562 #94 boy name
1948 3,475 12 3,463 #92 boy name
1949 3,834 7 3,827 #87 boy name
1950 3,866 9 3,857 #88 boy name
1951 4,308 13 4,295 #84 boy name
1952 4,410 8 4,402 #84 boy name
1953 6,547 16 6,531 #58 boy name
1954 5,974 15 5,959 #66 boy name
1955 6,062 15 6,047 #65 boy name
1956 6,080 20 6,060 #65 boy name
1957 5,878 11 5,867 #70 boy name
1958 5,881 24 5,857 #65 boy name
1959 5,933 17 5,916 #67 boy name
1960 5,882 27 5,855 #68 boy name
1961 5,691 30 5,661 #72 boy name
1962 5,463 23 5,440 #76 boy name
1963 5,214 26 5,188 #76 boy name
1964 6,096 24 6,072 #59 boy name
1965 11,130 46 11,084 #33 boy name
1966 10,315 51 10,264 #35 boy name
1967 8,484 45 8,439 #37 boy name
1968 7,557 45 7,512 #42 boy name
1969 6,714 46 6,668 #49 boy name
1970 5,898 36 5,862 #55 boy name
1971 5,248 47 5,201 #59 boy name
1972 4,395 28 4,367 #65 boy name
1973 4,088 26 4,062 #68 boy name
1974 3,882 33 3,849 #72 boy name
1975 3,613 31 3,582 #76 boy name
1976 3,023 33 2,990 #88 boy name
1977 2,741 29 2,712 #96 boy name
1978 2,575 19 2,556
1979 2,317 17 2,300
1980 2,290 25 2,265
1981 2,055 26 2,029
1982 1,959 11 1,948
1983 1,713 19 1,694
1984 1,644 19 1,625
1985 1,638 18 1,620
1986 1,648 17 1,631
1987 1,607 14 1,593
1988 1,740 10 1,730
1989 1,748 12 1,736
1990 1,716 7 1,709
1991 1,566 6 1,560
1992 1,484 8 1,476
1993 1,310 0 1,310
1994 1,189 6 1,183
1995 1,099 0 1,099
1996 1,054 0 1,054
1997 995 0 995
1998 865 0 865
1999 868 0 868
2000 808 9 799
2001 740 0 740
2002 714 0 714
2003 688 0 688
2004 602 0 602
2005 578 0 578
2006 605 0 605
2007 637 0 637
2008 545 0 545
2009 553 0 553
2010 457 0 457
2011 461 0 461
2012 429 0 429
2013 392 0 392
2014 355 0 355
2015 344 0 344
2016 338 0 338

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Popularity of Rodney as a first name

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Popularity of Rodney as a last name

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Common last names for Rodney

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Taylor
  • Clark
  • White
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Young
  • Thompson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rodney U.S.
  White 41.72% 64.26%
  African American 51.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.11% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rodney

People with the last name Rodney are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Rodney

  • What name lists does Rodney rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rodney? Rodney is the 302nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rodney was the 8,106th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rodney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 246,157 babies born with the first name Rodney in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rodney to occupy the territory of French Guiana (France) with an estimated population of 243,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rodney? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 13 new born babies.
  • When was Rodney first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rodney is Sunday, January 3rd, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Rodney born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rodney was in 1965 with a total of 11,084 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rodney!
  • Random Rodney Factoid: According to the 1951 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rodney ranks 25th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 86 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1951.
  • Weird things about the name Rodney: Your name in reverse order is Yendor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oyendr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rodney? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,089 people with the last name Rodney.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rodney? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Rodney as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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