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

The name Roderick is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous ruler". Roderick and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Ruler or Royal and discussed in our forums with posts like "A Duggarlike Game: With a twist!".

From the experts:

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 short story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Roderick, of course, is the full name of Rod Stewart, and TV personality Rosie Pope called her son James Roderick.

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Famous People Named Roderick

Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall, English/American Actor
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
James Roderick "J.R." Pope, son of reality TV personalities Rosie and Daron Pope
Roderick George Toombs "Rowdy Roddy Piper", Canadian professional wrestler and actor.

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
Roderick Meeks, character on Glee

Roderick's International Variations

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


Heiko Björnsson Says:


"Roderic" was in fact a famous ruler. He was the last Visigothic king of Spain. The latinized name "Rodrigo" derives from it. But if you really break the name down into its two parts, you get a purer meaning: "Rode" means "cultivated land" in ancient Germanic. "Rick" means "Rich". So the more precise meaning of "Roderick" is: "Rich in good land".

Midwesternmommy Says:


This name has such an awesome sound and Roddy is so cute...I don't know if I'm brave enough to use it though!

Toronto87 Says:


I don't see how this name isn't more popular. Handsome, sophisticated, masculine - the whole package!