Meaning and Origin of: Rod

Boy name origins & meanings

  • German : Famous one
  • Old English : Famous one's island

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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’.

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