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 "Lacoste Family 13 Years (71-80)".
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.