Rod Name Meaning

German: habitational name from any of several places named Rod, or a topographic name for somene who lived in a woodland clearing, from a derivative of Middle High German roden ‘to clear land for cultivation’. Compare Rhodes. Norwegian (Rød): habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so named, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Rode, Roe, Roda, Rohr, Rad, Ron, Roch, Goy, Rodi, Roh

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with a family member and we'll do the searching for you.

Rod Family Origin

Where is the Rod family from?

Rod Family Occupations

What did your Rod ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Rod. 72% of Rod women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties

View Census data for Rod | Data not to scale

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Rod Historical Records

What Rod family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Rod. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rod census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search UK census records for Rod

Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Rod. 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.

View all Rod immigration records

Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Rod. For the veterans among your Rod ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Rod military records

You've only scratched the surface of Rod family history.

Rod Life Expectancy

What is the average Rod lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Rod life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Rod in 1951 was 50, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rod

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rod 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.

Famous Rod Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name

14-Day Free Trial