Rhoda - Meaning of Rhoda
[ 2 syll. (r)ho-da, rh-oda ] The baby girl name Rhoda is pronounced ROW-Dah in English †. Rhoda's language of origin is Old Greek and it is predominantly used in English. The meaning of Rhoda is 'rose; woman from Rhodes'. The name could be derived directly from the Greek rhodon, or else it is from the ethnic name meaning 'woman from Rhodes'; the place name is also from rhodon as the island was named for its roses.
In the New Testament of the Bible, the name was borne by a servant girl who was overjoyed when Peter knocked on her house door after his escape from prison. Due to the biblical mention, the apparently pagan name was adopted by English Puritans in the 17th century. In literature, it has appeared in George Meredith's novel Rhoda Fleming (1865), William Makepeace Thackeray's novel Vanity Fair (1847-1848), and George Bernard Shaw's play Man and Superman (1903). The popularity of the baby name later saw a modest boost from the US TV sitcom Rhoda (1974-1978) starring Valerie Harper as the fashionable and weight conscious Rhoda Morgenstern Gerard. In Scotland, Rhoda is often used as a feminine form of Roderick. Rhoda is the feminine version of the English and German Roderick.
Rhoda has 19 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Rhodea, Rhodee, Rhodeia, Rhodes, Rhodia, Rhodie, Rhodina, Rhodine, Rhodyna, Rhonda, Rodeline, Rodi, Rodie, Rodina, Rodine, and Rodyna. Another English variant is the familiar form Rhody. Forms used in foreign languages include the Polish Roda and the Spanish Rodas.
See also the related form, the English and Scottish Rhona.
Rhoda is an uncommon baby girl name. At the modest height of its usage in 1902, 0.054% of baby girls were named Rhoda. It was #255 in rank then. The baby name has steeply dropped in popularity since then, and is currently used only on an infrequent scale. Within all girl names in its family, Rhoda was nevertheless the most widely used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Rhoda: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"