Last name: Rhodes

Recorded in a number of spelling forms including Rhodes, Roades, Rodes and the misread Rhodef, this is an English surname of great antiquity. Originally found chiefly in the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire, it is of pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon origin. It may be either a topographical name for someone who lived by a clearing in woodland, from the Olde English "rod", meaning a clearing, or a locational name from any of the places named with this word. These include: Rhodes near Middleton in Lancashire; Rhodes (Hill), north of Ashton-under-Lyne; Rhodes (Bank) near Oldham; and Rhodes (Green), north of Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Topographical features, whether natural or man-made, provided obvious and convenient means of identification in the small communities of the Middle Ages, and consequently gave rise to several surnames. Locational names were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. Early examples of the surname include: Alexander de la Rode of Norfolk in 1277; John atte Rode in Bedfordshire in 1294); and Robert del Rodes of Lancashire in 1332. Cecil Rhodes (1853 - 1902) was a British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa. As Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890 - 1896), he helped to extend British territory almost throughout Africa. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Hugh de Rodes. This was dated 1219, in the "Assize Court Rolls" of Yorkshire, during the reign of King Henry 111rd, 1216 - 1272. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Amber, Evie and Ian
We are a long family of Rhodes', currently living oin Nottingham. I am nearly Fourteen and find this fascinating. I have always wanted to look uop my ancestors but have never had the time or the money to subscribe. It was wierd to think the name came from Yorkshire as the accent is soooo amazing!!! I really would like to track my family tree at some point in my life, so I guess this is the starting point. It's amazing to think that some of you are tracking down family members with the same last name as me because I could nevr think of doing anything like that. I have two sides to my family, the Rhodes side and the Oliver side. Both parts intrest me but since Rhodes is my last name, it is the one I have a deaper intrest in. The fact that one of the people who beared the same last name as me was a prime minister makes me unbelievable happy as I think I can debate for England sometimes and am very passionate about alot of things. Thanks to whoever posted the information about our name on the website!!! Really useful!!!

Vicky dilks (rhodes)
My family also comes from nottingham. My fathers name was ken rhodes he had a brother called Albert who was killed in ww2 and another brother called Christopher who died as a child ,their father was Leonard rhodes and their mother was Elizabeth ( nee lamb). We were born in the Dunkirk and lenton area of nottingham.

Marla Rhodes
I'm a 22 yr old Rhodes my grandfather was a Rhodes didn't know him, but he lived in Chicago Illinois, I have a uncle name Kevin Rhodes who is in the military n a dad named John Rhodes along with an auntie Denise Rhodes and 4boy cousins, none us are close and are all spread out throughout the United States

Joshua Rhodes
I'm a Rhodes in Louisiana and my people came from France. Is there a difference in the Rhodes' from France and England? My dad told me once that the last name used to be pronounced like "row-day" and it meant that they moved around alot. In Louisiana, we use that word to mean "to run the roads". I guess it's a good name for bayou folk who lived in a house boat lol

paul rhodes
hello i am looking for any body who was related to brenda hodgkinson formally known as (smith) who was my mum , and eric rhodes think died in 1961 . i also have a sister jennifer hodgkinson and josephine rhodes ,. And i remember a half sister called dawn her was taking to a farm we was from litchfield

Jack Rhodes
My family came to Wisconsin in 1850 from Anover Mass. I would like to know which group I am from of the original settlers.

Mary Josephine Rhodes

Hi, maybe you could tell me a little about my family history from the 1800s? I was born with the above name 9/13/49 & my father, Morgan Rhodes, was born 7/16/01 & his parents, Alfred & Josephine Rhodes were born in 1857. I know my family came from England to Delaware County, PA in the 1800s & built a textile mill & they also had a general store in Aston, PA. My father Morgan Rhodes was born in Aston Mills, PA. I think my father's mother was Josephine Kettleman & there was a Kettleman, CA name for her family from what my mother told me. Hope to hear from someone who might know any history about these Rhodes'. Thank you. My email address is:

Mary Jo Rhodes

I found a link for the cemetery where my family members are buried-- . My grandfather was Alfred B. Rhodes who is not listed there, born in 1857 or 1858. He had a brother John Rhodes. My father's (Morgan Rhodes) brothers were William, Merritt, Alfred Rhodes & his sisters were Mary, Angie, Josephine Rhodes before marriage. Thank you for whatever you can tell me about my family history. My email address is --

sheryl lynn killion

Hi im acctually a rhodes tho my name is killion my ma joyce ann rhodes is my conection even tho my name is killion i take the rhodes name more iv been curious of my family history and id like to know more about my past family man if yall coukd help i would really apperciate it!!!

Vicki Odom

Looking for information regarding parentage of Etta Arabelle Rhodes b. Soldiers Hill, WI in 1881. She married George Ellsworth Freeman about 1900 and died in Maine after 1927.


CJ Coffman
My great-uncle was Lafayette Rhodes born in 1902 so they may have came from France, but I don't know that. His parents were Albert Baxter and Barbara Litton Rhodes. I believe Albert's parents had moved from Culpeper,VA to Braxton County, WV, around the turn of the century. 'Lafe' married Belva Evans, and they raised his sister Vada Phares' daughter, my mother Mona Phares Coffman, after Vada died in 1932 the same year that Albert died.

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