"famous ruler"

Roderick Origin and Meaning

The name Roderick is boy's name of German origin meaning "famous ruler".
The aristocratic--if not haughty--Roderick was nevertheless consistently in the Top 1000, reaching as high as Number 221 in 1967, when it was not uncommon to run into a Rod or a Roddy. It's at a low point right now, but we can envision it being revived as a neglected, dignified grandpa name, perhaps when Rod is no longer a potentially embarrassing nickname..

Roderick has lots of literary history, including the novels Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett and Roderick Hudson by Henry James, and Roderick Usher is the main character in the Edgar Allan Poe short story "The Fall of the House of Usher." Roderick, of course, is the full name of Rod Stewart, and TV personality Rosie Pope called her son James Roderick.

Roderick Popularity

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Famous People Named Roderick

  • Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowallEnglish/American Actor
  • Roderick Anthony Burton II aka DollaAmerican rapper
  • Roderick "Roddy" MaudeRoxby, English actor
  • Roderick George Toombs aka Rowdy Roddy PiperCanadian professional wrestler and actor.
  • Roderick David "Rod" StewartEnglish singer,songwriter
  • Roderick Random AllenUS WWiI major general
  • Roderick Strongring name of Christopher Lindsay, American pro wrestler
  • Roderick MurchisonScottish geologist
  • Roderick PaulateFilipino actor
  • Roderick William CameronCanadian,American shipping magnate
  • Roderick MacKinnonNobel Prize,winning American neurobiologist
  • Sean Roderick Stewartson of singer Rod Stewart
  • James Roderick "J.R." Popeson of reality TV personalities Rosie and Daron Pope

Roderick in Pop Culture

  • Roderick (Rod) Wolfemain male character in Scarlett Avery’s book “Torrid Love”.
  • Roderick Ushermain character in "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Sir Roderick Glossopcharacter in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse
  • Roderick Spodecharacter in the novels of P.G. Wodehouse
  • Roderick Jaynespseudonym for American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen
  • Roderick Alleyndetective character in novels by Ngaio Marsh
  • Roderick Meekscharacter on Glee
  • Roderick Kingsleycharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Roderick Andersonsteward on the titular ship of the mystery game "Return of the Obra Dinn"