Meaning and Origin of: Rodney

Rodney is of German origin and means "Famous one."

Boy name origins & meanings

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

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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 hrōð ‘renown’) + Old English ēg ‘island’, ‘dry land (in a fen)’.