Before They Were Famous Name Changers: Rodney
Name origin: German
Name meaning: Famous one
Name origin: English (of Norman origin)
Name meaning: habitational name, with fused preposition d(e), for someone from any of the various places in northern France called Angerville, from the Old Norse personal name Ásgeirr (from áss ‘god’ + geirr ‘spear’) + Old French ville ‘settlement’, ‘village’. In England the surname is now found chiefly in the West Midlands.