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Roden Family History

Roden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Roden in High Ercall (Shropshire). The place takes its name from the river Roden itself probably named in Celtic as ‘swift river rushing river’ (British Rutunā). Irish: from Ó Rodáin see Redding . German: variant of Rode . Swedish (mainly Rodén): ornamental or habitational name formed with an unexplained (placename) element + the adjectival suffix -én/-en a derivative of Latin -enius ‘relating to’.

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

Similar surnames: Boden, Oden, Loden, Ruden, Ryden, Broden, Rode, Moden, Roder, Rosen

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Where is the Roden family from?

You can see how Roden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roden families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Roden families living in Alabama. This was about 34% of all the recorded Roden's in USA. Alabama had the highest population of Roden families in 1840.
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What did your Roden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Roden. 23% of Roden men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Roden women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roden were Salesman and Saleslady. .

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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
  • Farm Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Roden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roden 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Roden. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Roden. For the veterans among your Roden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roden lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Roden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Roden in 1945 was 54, and 71 in 2004.

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