Rhodes Family History

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Rhodes Name Meaning

English (chiefly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived in a clearing in woodland (see Rode 3). This, the most common form of the name, has been influenced in spelling by the English name of the Greek island of Rhodes (Greek Rhodos), with which there is no connection. There is no connection, either, with modern English road (Old English rad ‘riding’), which was not used to denote a thoroughfare until the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Rodes, Rode, Rhodus, Lodes, Hodes, Rhode, Roder, Rhone, Hoes, Rhoades

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Rhodes Family Origin

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Rhodes Family Occupations

What did your Rhodes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rhodes. A less common occupation for the Rhodes family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Rhodes occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Rhodes's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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Rhodes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 636,000 census records available for the last name Rhodes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rhodes census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 53,000 immigration records available for the last name Rhodes. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 96,000 military records available for the last name Rhodes. For the veterans among your Rhodes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rhodes Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Rhodes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Rhodes in 1940 was 44, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rhodes ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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