Roder Family History
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Roder Name Meaning
Dutch and North German (also Röder): occupational name for someone whose job was to clear woodland for cultivation, from an agent derivative of Middle Dutch roden ‘to grub up’, ‘to clear (undergrowth or woodland)’. German: habitational name from a place called Rod or Rode (see Rod). German (also Röder): from the old personal name Rodher (a compound of the Germanic elements hrod ‘renown’ + hari ‘army’).German: occupational name in the Rhineland for someone who used a rod to gauge wine casks.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press