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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 Rosie and Daron Pope; brother to Wellington Reade "Wells" Pope
Roderick Anthony Burton II, American rapper
Roderick "Roddy" Maude-Roxby, English actor
Roderick David "Rod" Stewart, British singer
Sean Roderick Stewart, son of singer Rod Stewart

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, a fearsome psychiatrist who makes frequent appearances in the comic novels of P.G. Wodehouse
Roderick Spode, another P.G. Wodehouse character
Roderick, character from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid"

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Roderick's International Variations

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