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 English Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boy and girl makeover with middles".
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.