"island near the clearing"

Rodney Origin and Meaning

The name Rodney is boy's name of English origin meaning "island near the clearing".
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.
# 965 in the US

Rodney Rank in US Top 1000

Rodney Popularity

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Famous People Named Rodney

  • Rodney Roy JerkinsAmerican music producer
  • Rodney CrowellAmerican country music singer
  • Rodney Dangerfieldstage name of Jacob Rodney Cohen aka Jack Roy, American actor/comedian
  • Rodney Allan AtkinsAmerican country music singer
  • Rodney Glen KingAmerican author and activist against police brutality
  • Rodney Cline "Rod" CarewPanamanian,American baseball player
  • Rodney Stephen "Rod" SteigerAmerican actor
  • Rodney Michael HoodAmerican basketball player
  • Rodney Procter FrelinghuysenUS Congressman from New Jersey
  • Rodney Lee DavisUS Congressman from Illinois
  • Rodney McKinnie AlexanderU.S. Congressman from Louisiana
  • Rodney YeeAmerican celebrity yoga instructor
  • Rodney Joseph MacDonaldCanadian politician; 26th Premier of Nova Scotia
  • Rodney Scott CarringtonAmerican comedian
  • Rodney Ramone Hill Jr.aka Rocko, American rapper
  • Rodney Marvin "Rod" McKuenAmerican singer,songwriter and poet
  • Rodney BewesEnglish actor
  • Rodney LindermanAmerican musician of band the Dead Milkmen
  • (John) Rodney MullenAmerican pro skateboarder
  • Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻiaka Yokozuna, American pro wrestler
  • Rodney ClawsonAmerican country music songwriter
  • Rodney Sturt "Rod" TaylorAustralian actor of film and television
  • Rodney Allen RippyAmerican former child actor
  • Rodney Glenn EllisAmerican politician from Texas; cofounder of the Innocence Project
  • Rodney (Rod) TempertonEnglish Songwriter

Rodney in Pop Culture

  • Dr. Rodney McKaycharacter on TV's' "Stargate Atlantis"
  • Rodney Trottercharacter on British TV's "Only Fools and Horses"
  • Rodney Copperbottommain character in the movie "Robots"