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Gender: M Meaning of Roderick: "famous ruler" Origin of Roderick: German

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The aristocratic--if not haughty--Roderick has nevertheless pretty much always been in the Top 1000, reaching as high as Number 221 in 1967, when it was not uncommon to run into a Rod or a Roddy. It's at a low point right now, but we can envision it being revived as a neglected, dignified grandpa name.

Roderick has lots of literary history, including the novels Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett and Roderick Hudson by Henry James, and Roderick Usher is the main character in the Edgar Allan Poe poem "The Fall of the House of Usher."

We have to admit that the Spanish version, Rodrigo, has a lot more verve, as does the Irish Rory.

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Famous People Named Roderick

James Roderick "J.R." Pope, son of reality TV personalities Rosie and Daron Pope
Roderick Anthony Burton II aka Dolla, American rapper
Roderick "Roddy" Maude-Roxby, English actor
Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, English singer-songwriter
Sean Roderick Stewart, son of singer Rod Stewart
Roderick Strong, American pro wrestler
Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist
Roderick Paulate, Filipino actor
Roderick MacKinnon, Nobel Prize-winning American neurobiologist

Pop Culture References for the Name Roderick

Roderick Usher, main character in "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
Sir Roderick Glossop, character in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse
Roderick Spode, character in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse
Rodrick Heffley, character from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series
Roderick Jaynes, pseudonym for American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen
Roderick Alleyn, detective character in novels by Ngaio Marsh

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Roderick's International Variations

Rodrigue (French) Rui, Rodrigo (Portuguese) Rurik (Russian) Roderigo, Ruy (Spanish) Rhydderch (Welsh)