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Gender: Male Meaning of Rodney: "island near the clearing" Origin of Rodney: English Rodney's Popularity in 2018: #819

The name Rodney is a boy's name of English origin meaning "island near the clearing". Rodney is ranked #819 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Popular English Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

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

Pop Culture References for the name Rodney

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

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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.