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Quick Facts on Rodney

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 624
Simple meaning:
Famous Island

Characteristics of Rodney

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rodney

Believe it or not, Rodney is actually the transferred use of an English surname originally from a location name. The surname hailed from "Hroda's island" from an ancient Anglo-Saxon Germanic nickname “Hroda” meaning “famous”. Rodney has been an independently used given name since the 18th century which is why we think of it more as a personal name than a surname. It was bestowed in honor of George Brydges Rodney (1718-1792), a British naval officer who distinguished himself during America’s War of Independence against Great Britain. He was eventually given the title Lord Rodney and the surname took hold as a forename.

Popularity of the Name Rodney

Rodney has always been a familiar name in America, maintaining a position on the popularity charts since at least the late 1800s. As we entered the 20th century, Rodney was a name only used moderately, but as the decades progressed, the name became more and more popular and by the middle of the century (1946) Rodney became a Top 100 most commonly used boy’s name in the nation. His peak popularity was mostly during the 1960s and the highest position he ever reached on the charts was at spot #33 (1965). This was when Rodney was at the top of his game. As we approached the 21st century, however, Rodney fell from fashion slowly and steadily. He is now down around low-moderate levels of usage – just as he was about 100 years ago. Perhaps we’ll see this name return to the charts in 2045 if the pendulum of history swings that way. In the meantime, Rodney is no longer “famous”. Most people would agree that Rodney and Rod are both strong, masculine sounding names. And although it’s technically a surname, Rodney does not have that surnamey sound to it (if you like the surnamey sound go with Roderick). Rodney/Rod is a “cool guy” name. There just something confident and ruggedly handsome about this name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rodney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rodney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rodney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rodney

    Rodney We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Rodney.

  • Popular Songs on Rodney

    Popular Songs on Rodney

    Rodney - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Rodney.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rodney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rodney

    Rock With Rodney & Party with Perky to Preserve Wildlife (Patty Fayerweather Harlow) - We all need to know about the many assaults happening to Our Environment; affecting Our lives! – Before it’s too late! Rodney the rock n’ roll Rabbit, Perky the powerful partying Panther, Dylan the dancing Dog, Courtney the creative Cougar, Taffy the totally tubular Turtle, Fanny the fun-loving Fox, Hart the hilarious Hippo and Sam Slimey Snake get together for a party at Rodney’s. While playing a game from Perky’s bag of fun, “Way Out Yonder”; a game of the beauty and misfortunes of Our National Parks and Historical Landmarks spread across the USA, they decide to stop playing with fictional plans, and take action with their newly learned knowledge in helping to save Our fragile America the Beautiful! Recommended for ages 8-14.

    Rodney Robbins and the Rainy-Day Pond (Kim Stegall) - Every time it rains, the street in front of Mr. Hamilton's house becomes a pond. Not a puddle. Not a pool. A pond. The pond is taking over the neighborhood, but the City Works Department won't fix the problem. So Rodney Robbins and Mr. Hamilton decide to fix it themselves--in a very unusual way. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Rodney, The Ice Dragon (Cortney Wisbauer) - It was during a time of peace in Nockquan, the Kingdom of Dragons that the most peculiar event occurred: RODNEY WAS BORN. "Rodney, The Ice Dragon" is a fictional story about the very first Ice Dragon growing up in a world of Fire Dragons. He faces many challenges on his journey to acceptance and adulthood. After the death of his parents, when all hope seems lost, he meets a young Fire Dragon named Scarlet, and they become close friends. During this journey, young Rodney experiences how to forgive one who turned his entire life upside down and even discovers that he is the first to have a unique ability that the Fire Dragons do not have. Most importantly, Rodney learns to overcome his doubts and fears by trusting in The Almighty One. "Rodney, The Ice Dragon" teaches nine important life lessons for children of all ages. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Rodney

    Famous People Named Rodney

    Famous People Named Rodney - Rodney "Rod" Carew (baseball player); Rodney "Rod" Laver (tennis player); Rodney Dangerfield (comedian); Rodney King (victim of police brutality); Rodney Atkins (country singer); Rodney Bailey (football player); Rodney Linderman (musician); Rodney Stuckey (basketball player); Roderick "Rod" Stewart (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rodney

    Children of Famous People Named Rodney

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Rodney - Holly Robinson Peete (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Rodney - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rodney - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rodney.

Personality of the Boy Name Rodney

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rodney

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