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Rodney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a minor place in Somerset, an area of land in the marshes near Markham. This is first recorded in the form Rodenye; it derives from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Hroda (a short form of the various compound names with the first element hroð ‘renown’) + Old English eg ‘island’, ‘dry land (in a fen)’.

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


Similar surnames: Romney, Sidney, Radney, Ridley, Bradney, Corney, Rodway, Gosney

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Where is the Rodney family from?

You can see how Rodney families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rodney family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rodney families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Rodney families living in Delaware. This was about 27% of all the recorded Rodney's in the USA. Delaware had the highest population of Rodney families in 1840.
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What did your Rodney ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Rodney. 21% of Rodney men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Rodney women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rodney were Clerk and Servant.

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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

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Servant
    7%
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Rodney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rodney 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Rodney. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Rodney. For the veterans among your Rodney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rodney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rodney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Rodney in 1944 was 56, and 72 in 2004.

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