Rodney Family History

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Rodney Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a minor place in Somerset, an area of land in the marshes near Markham. This is first recorded in the form Rodenye; it derives from the genitive case of the Old English personal name Hroda (a short form of the various compound names with the first element hroð ‘renown’) + Old English eg ‘island’, ‘dry land (in a fen)’.

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

Similar surnames: Romney, Sidney, Radney, Ridley, Bradney, Corney, Rodway, Gosney

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Rodney Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Rodney name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Rodney. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • European Jewish


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Rodney Family Origin

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Rodney Family Occupations

What did your Rodney ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Dressmaker, Boilersmith (Maker) and Builder (6 Men) were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Rodney. The most common Rodney occupation in the UK was Dressmaker. 6% of Rodney's were Dressmakers. A less common occupation for the Rodney family was Builders Widow.

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  • Dressmaker

  • Boilersmith (Maker)

  • Builder (6 Men)

  • Builders Widow


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Rodney ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Rodney Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Rodney. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rodney 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Rodney. 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 10,000 military records available for the last name Rodney. For the veterans among your Rodney ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rodney Life Expectancy

What is the average Rodney lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Rodney life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1979. The average life expectancy for Rodney in 1944 was 56, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rodney 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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