"island near the clearing"

Rodney Origin and Meaning

The name Rodney is a boy's name of English origin meaning "island near the clearing".
Rodney peaked at Number 33 in 1965 and has been on a steady decline ever since. As its popularity history indicates, this name is more fitting for someone born in the mid-twentieth century instead of the twenty-first century. It's likely this name will continue trending downward for another generation or two before it has its chance to turn back around.

There have been a number of famous Rodneys over the years, including comedian Rodney Dangerfield and musician Rodney Atkins.

If looking for a way to honor a Rodney, prospective namers might consider Roderick or Rodrigo instead.
# 863 in the US

Rodney Rank in US Top 1000


Rodney Popularity


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Famous People Named Rodney

  • Rodney Roy JerkinsAmerican music producer
  • Rodney CrowellAmerican country music singer
  • Rodney Dangerfieldstage name of Jacob Rodney Cohen aka Jack Roy, American actor/comedian
  • Rodney Allan AtkinsAmerican country music singer
  • Rodney Glen KingAmerican author and activist against police brutality
  • Rodney Cline "Rod" CarewPanamanian,American baseball player
  • Rodney Stephen "Rod" SteigerAmerican actor
  • Rodney Michael HoodAmerican basketball player
  • Rodney Procter FrelinghuysenUS Congressman from New Jersey
  • Rodney Lee DavisUS Congressman from Illinois
  • Rodney McKinnie AlexanderU.S. Congressman from Louisiana
  • Rodney YeeAmerican celebrity yoga instructor
  • Rodney Joseph MacDonaldCanadian politician; 26th Premier of Nova Scotia
  • Rodney Scott CarringtonAmerican comedian
  • Rodney Ramone Hill Jr.aka Rocko, American rapper
  • Rodney Marvin "Rod" McKuenAmerican singer,songwriter and poet
  • Rodney BewesEnglish actor
  • Rodney LindermanAmerican musician of band the Dead Milkmen
  • (John) Rodney MullenAmerican pro skateboarder
  • Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻiaka Yokozuna, American pro wrestler
  • Rodney ClawsonAmerican country music songwriter
  • Rodney Sturt "Rod" TaylorAustralian actor of film and television
  • Rodney Allen RippyAmerican former child actor
  • Rodney Glenn EllisAmerican politician from Texas; cofounder of the Innocence Project
  • Rodney (Rod) TempertonEnglish Songwriter

Rodney in Pop Culture

  • Dr. Rodney McKaycharacter on TV's' "Stargate Atlantis"
  • Rodney Trottercharacter on British TV's "Only Fools and Horses"
  • Rodney Copperbottommain character in the movie "Robots"

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