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Rodney

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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 543 5 538
1930 646 7 639
1931 720 12 708
1932 827 0 827
1933 782 0 782
1934 930 0 930
1935 1,026 0 1,026
1936 1,016 7 1,009
1937 1,026 0 1,026
1938 1,300 0 1,300
1939 1,455 8 1,447
1940 1,405 7 1,398
1941 1,560 7 1,553
1942 1,792 7 1,785
1943 1,989 5 1,984
1944 1,797 14 1,783
1945 2,194 9 2,185
1946 3,311 8 3,303 #93 boy name
1947 3,570 8 3,562 #94 boy name
1948 3,477 12 3,465 #92 boy name
1949 3,834 7 3,827 #87 boy name
1950 3,867 9 3,858 #88 boy name
1951 4,303 13 4,290 #84 boy name
1952 4,411 8 4,403 #84 boy name
1953 6,547 16 6,531 #58 boy name
1954 5,974 15 5,959 #66 boy name
1955 6,059 15 6,044 #65 boy name
1956 6,080 20 6,060 #65 boy name
1957 5,874 11 5,863 #71 boy name
1958 5,886 24 5,862 #65 boy name
1959 5,932 17 5,915 #67 boy name
1960 5,879 27 5,852 #68 boy name
1961 5,691 30 5,661 #72 boy name
1962 5,463 23 5,440 #76 boy name
1963 5,213 26 5,187 #76 boy name
1964 6,095 24 6,071 #59 boy name
1965 11,131 46 11,085 #33 boy name
1966 10,314 51 10,263 #35 boy name
1967 8,485 45 8,440 #37 boy name
1968 7,557 45 7,512 #42 boy name
1969 6,712 46 6,666 #49 boy name
1970 5,900 36 5,864 #55 boy name
1971 5,250 47 5,203 #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 3,025 33 2,992 #88 boy name
1977 2,742 29 2,713 #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 1,643 19 1,624
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 687 0 687
2004 602 0 602
2005 577 0 577
2006 605 0 605
2007 637 0 637
2008 545 0 545
2009 553 0 553
2010 457 0 457
2011 460 0 460
2012 429 0 429
2013 392 0 392
2014 355 0 355
2015 342 0 342

Fun Facts about the name Rodney

  • How many people with the first name Rodney have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 245,809 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 11,085 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rodney!
  • Random Rodney Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rodney ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 11 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1969.
  • 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 Dyeorn. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Rodney" mean? The list below shows the origins of Rodney as well as things modernly associated with the name Rodney such as celebrities named Rodney.

English

Origin and Meaning of Rodney

The name "Rodney" is 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 With the Name Rodney

Rodney King

Rodney King was a noteworthy somebody. 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 Alcala

Rodney Alcala is an influential human. 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

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

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

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

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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  • Rodney Mullen
    (athlete)
  • Rodney Harrison
    (football player)
  • Rod Argent
    (musician)
  • Rodney Jerkins
    (musician)
  • Rod McKuen
    (musician)
  • Roots Manuva
    (vocalist)
  • Rodney Frelinghuysen
    (office holder)
  • Rodney Stuckey
    (basketball player)
  • Bounty Killer
    (musician)
  • Rodney Atkins
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Rodney Mack
    (wrestler)
  • Rodney Bingenheimer
    (important human)
  • Rodney Brooks
    (scientist)
  • Rodney Allen Rippy
    (child actor)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rodney

Burning Spear

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

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

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

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

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Rodney

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

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Brendon Rodney

Brendon Rodney is an influential somebody. Brendon was born on April 9th, 1992 in Etobicoke.

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What does the name Rodney mean?

Ris for refreshing, the sparkling you.

Ois for optimistic, look at the bright side!

Dis for decisive, especially when it counts

Nis for neighborly, friendly to all acquaintances

Eis for enjoy, your life can be fun!

Yis for young, the years never show!

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Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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