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Rhodes Name Meaning

English:: either a topographic name for someone who lived by ‘(the) woodland clearings’ plural form of Middle English rode (Old English rod rodu) or a habitational name for someone who came from a place so named principally Rhodes in Bury (Lancashire) or possibly from one of the many minor places in Yorkshire similarly named or Rhodes Minnis (Kent). The Yorkshire name sometimes alternates with the singular form (see Rhode and Rode ). The Rh- spelling was introduced in the 16th and 17th centuries by clerks with a classical education who associated the name with the Greek island of Rhodes famous in ancient history and mythology. There is also no connection with modern English road (Old English rād ‘riding’) which was not used to denote a thoroughfare until the 16th century. The surname is particularly common in Yorkshire and Lancashire but occurs with various spellings in smaller numbers widely across England. variant of Rhode with post-medieval excrescent -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rodes, Rode, Rhodus, Lodes, Hodes, Rhode, Roder, Rhone, Hoes, Rhoades

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You can see how Rhodes families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rhodes family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rhodes families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 208 Rhodes families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Rhodes's in USA. New York had the highest population of Rhodes families in 1840.
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What did your Rhodes ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rhodes. 16% of Rhodes men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Rhodes women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rhodes were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 53,000 immigration records available for the last name Rhodes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 96,000 military records available for the last name Rhodes. For the veterans among your Rhodes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rhodes lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rhodes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rhodes in 1940 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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