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Quick Facts on Rodrigo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 413
Simple meaning:
Famous power

Characteristics of Rodrigo

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rodrigo

Rodrigo is the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Roderick. Roderick comes from the ancient German masculine name Hroderich which is comprised of the Germanic elements “hrōd” (‘fame’) and “rīc” (‘power’). The name Rodrigo was brought to the Iberian Peninsula by way of the conquering Visigoths, a Germanic tribe who displaced the Vandals in the late 5th century AD. A famous name bearer was Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (more commonly known as “El Cid”). El Cid was "The lord, master of military arts" in the 11th century Castilian Kingdom during the Moorish occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. He was instrumental in the fight against the Muslim Moors and eventually recaptured the Spanish coastal city of Valѐncia. After his death, his beautiful wife Ximena would rule the city for a few more years until it once again fell to the Muslims. Another notable bearer was King Rodrigo, the last Visigothic king of Hispania in the 8th century (before the Iberian Peninsula fell to the Moors). The name Rodrigo continues to be ranked high in Spain and Mexico as well as Chile.

Popularity of the Name Rodrigo

Rodrigo first appeared on the U.S. male naming charts in 1962. The name has increased in popularity for the past 50 years slowly and methodically (particularly as the Latino populations have grown in the U.S.). Rodrigo is currently ranked as the 25th most popular boy’s name in Mexico, so we were a little surprised to see the name used only sparingly among the Spanish-speaking populations of America. Rodrigo (like Gustavo) is one of those rare examples of Germanic names left over from the Visigoths’ occupation and eventual assimilation into Hispano-Roman Iberian Peninsula. Many Spanish names (like English names) are taken from the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament (Greek) where they were Latinized and anglicized. Names of Germanic origin are distinctly different and therefore quite interesting. Instead of telling Biblical stories, the Germanic names tell stories of the Migration Period during which time various Germanic tribes conquered and occupied various parts of Europe. Rodrigo is a name that is part of that story. He tells the story of ‘famous power’.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rodrigo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rodrigo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rodrigo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rodrigo

    Rodrigo (The Vision of Don Roderick) The Vision of Don Roderick is an 1811 poem by Sir Walter Scott about the last Visigothic King of Spain Rodrigo’s legendary vision (Rodrigo’s name was anglicized to Roderick by the Scottish poet). In the poem, the king goes inside a magical chamber where, according to legend, the future will be exposed but only to the “last” King of Spain. Amidst his military campaign against the Moors, the king enters the magnificent marble chamber and sees two giant bronze statues on either side of the hall. One statue is holding an hourglass which instantly runs out of sand, while the other giant statue hurls a scepter at a far wall which immediately displays a movie-like panorama revealing the future of Spain. It foretells the imminent conquest by the Moors (8th century); the Spanish Inquisition (15th century) and the Napoleonic conquest of Portugal (around the time this poem was written, between 1807 and 1814). It also revealed how the British would come to the aid of the Portuguese and help liberate them. The proceeds from the sale of the poem were used to help fund the Portuguese but also to provide inspiration for a victorious outcome.

  • Popular Songs on Rodrigo

    Popular Songs on Rodrigo

    Don Rodrigo - an opera by Alberto Ginastera

    Rodrigo - an opera by George Frideric Handel

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rodrigo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rodrigo

    Maisy y Rodrigo van al dentist (Lucy Cousins) - The Spanish edition of Maisy and Rodrigo Go to the Dentist. Review unavailable at this time. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Rodrigo the Adventurer (Don Gordon) - Rodrigo is a spider who has tired of his humdrum life, struggling to find enough to eat in the bushland where he lives. He decides to move across the road to the back garden of my house. Once settled in there he begins to ponder how to make an even better future for himself. For a start he wants to rid himself of fear. He knows that his greatest fear is of birds. This is natural for a spider but he knows it is holding him back so he decides to do something about it. Rodrigo gains enormous benefits and life-changing experiences from facing this and other fears. Kindle edition. Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Rodrigo

    Famous People Named Rodrigo

    Famous People Named Rodrigo - Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (aka El Cid); King Rodrigo (last Visigothic king of Spain); Rodrigo López (baseball); Rodrigo Sánchez (Mexican musician); Rodrigo Baldasso da Costa (soccer player known simply as Rodrigo); Rodrigo García (director); Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rodrigo

    Children of Famous People Named Rodrigo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Rodrigo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Rodrigo.

Personality of the Boy Name Rodrigo

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Rodrigo

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