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

Roderick Origin and Meaning

The name Roderick is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous ruler".

The aristocratic--if not haughty--Roderick was nevertheless consistently 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, perhaps when Rod is no longer a potentially embarrassing nickname..

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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Roderick's International Variations

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


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Puissant and mighty, yet amicable and easy-going, Roderick is an underrated and sophisticated jem.

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!