Rodney - Meaning of Rodney
[ 2 syll. ro-dney, rod-n-ey ] The baby boy name Rodney is pronounced as RAADNiy- †. Rodney is an English name of Old English origin. The name means Hroda's island; reed island. It is from the words 'hrod' meaning fame ; 'ey' island. Rodene (Old English) is an original form of Rodney. The first name is derived from the surname, which is itself of a place name of uncertain origin. The given name was first adopted in the 18th century, bestowed in honor of Admiral George Brydges Rodney (1719-1792), who defeated the French and Spanish fleets.
Rodney is a classic favorite. At present it is still somewhat popular as a baby boy name, but not to the degree it was in the past. The name's popularity rose from the 1900s up to the 1960s. Its usage peaked in 1965 with 0.584% of baby boys being given the name Rodney. It had a ranking of #33 then. The baby name has experienced a marked fall in popularity since then. In 2018, its usage was only 0.014% and its ranking #819, but it was nonetheless the most widely used among all boy names in its family.
Baby names that sound like Rodney include Rhodney, Rodnee, Rodnei, Rodni, Rodnie, Rodny, Radim, Radman, Radon, Radwan, Radwin, Radwyn, Radyn, Raedyn, Raidan, Raidin, Raidyn, Ratan, Rathin, and Rawdin.
† Pronunciation for Rodney: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Rodney:
Actor Rod Steiger, born Rodney Steiger 14 April 1925 - 9 July 2002, Westhampton, New York.
Comedian Rodney Dangerfield, born Jacob Cohen 22 November 1921 - 6 October 2004, Babylon, New York.