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Gender: Male Meaning of Rodney: "island near the clearing" Origin of Rodney: English Rodney's Popularity in 2017: #775

The name Rodney is a boy's name of English origin meaning "island near the clearing". Rodney is ranked #775 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Popular English Boys' Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Rodney

Rodney Jerkins, American music producer
Rodney Crowell, American country music singer
Rodney Dangerfield, American actor/comedian
Rodney Atkins, American country music singer
Rodney Yee, American celebrity yoga instructor
Rodney Ramone Hill Jr., aka Rocko, American rapper
(John) Rodney Mullen, American pro skateboarder
Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi, aka Yokozuna, American pro wrestler
Rodney Alexander, former U.S. Congressman from Louisiana
Rodney Clawson, American country music songwriter
Rodney "Rod" Taylor, Australian actor of film and television
Rodney Allen Rippy, American former child actor

Pop Culture References for the name Rodney

Dr. Rodney McKay, character on TV's' "Stargate Atlantis"
Rodney Trotter, character on British TV's "Only Fools and Horses"
Rodney Copperbottom, main character in the movie "Robots"

Rodnne, Rodnie, Rodny, Rhodney, Rodnei, Rod, Rodnee, Rodni


MonikerWanderer Says:


This is a really cool and refined name. It would stand out against all the trendy names.

Moony Says:


Most 'bratty rich boys' nowadays are more likely to have 'timeless classic' names like George and Felix or 'modern chic' names like Blake and Harrison. But even so, it's still a rather mean-spirited comment and completely unnecessary. Rodney is no different to your average Henry or Sidney, it's just less common and I happen to think it's quite a dapper, classy choice.