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Rhodes Name Meaning

English (chiefly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing in woodland (see Rode 3). This, the most common form of the name, has been influenced in spelling by the English name of the Greek island of Rhodes (Greek Rhodos), with which there is no connection. There is no connection, either, with modern English road (Old English rad ‘riding’), which was not used to denote a thoroughfare until the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


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

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Where is the Rhodes family from?

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.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Rhodes surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 636,000 census records available for the last name Rhodes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rhodes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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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