Last name: Roden

Recorded in many spellings, this is a surname of either Germanic and Anglo-Saxon pre 7th century origins, or it is from the Gaelic (Irish). If Anglo-Saxon it is locational and originates from the place called Roddam, in the English county of Northumberland, and near to the town of Alnwick, or from living near a rodum, meaning a clearing in a forest. The placename is recorded in the Curia Regis rolls of the year 1201 as Rodun, and later in 1236 as Rodum, so much for early spelling. The derivation is from the 7th century word "rod", meaning a clearing, and 'ham', a place or house. Early examples of the surname development in Northumberland region include the recordings of Margaret Roaddam in 1603, Margery Rodhenn in 1609, John Rodam in 1623, and Edward Roodom in 1626, whilst Ann Rodan is recorded in London in 1680. If Irish the origination is from O'Rodain, meaning the descendant of the son of the lively one! The modern surname can be found as Roddam, Roddan, Roden, and Rodden, which can be English or Irish, and O'Rodane, O'Rudden and Reddin, which are Irish. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William de Roddam, which was dated 1296, in the "Northumberland Hundred Rolls", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Kendra Jimison Rojas

Our Roden family line traces back to Jeremiah (born South Carolina 1751 and married Susannah Kirkland). Does anyone have additional information dating back from Jeremiah Roden?

John Francis Roden

Correction to last post: ...born about 1839... (not 1939!)

John Francis Roden

@John Roden, @Charlie Roden My ancestor, Francis Rodden, was born about 1939 in the townland of Tullycorka (parish of Inishmagrath) in Co Leitrim. He, and four sibblings (Patrick, John, Hugh and Catherine) moved to Edinburgh after the famine where they owned several grocery shops in the late 1800's. Francis retired to Ireland in the 1890's but several of his children remained in Edinburgh. I don't have information about Patrick's children (yet!) but Hugh's offspring emigrated to the US as did Catherine's (McKenna's). John had a single daughter, Clara Roden. @Charlie R. It sounds as if there may be a connection -- pls contact me at john.roden(at) - would love to know more about Edinburgh links. @John R: I don't think there is a direct connection between us but there were other Roddens in Tullacorka (George Rodden) (per Griffith Valuation 1841)

Just found this page. I am John Roden . My father was Peter Roden - the last child of John Rudden and Anne (nee Scanlon) from Innismagrath, Co Leitrim. Peter was one of 10 children - all the others born at Tullycorka, himself at Curraghs North. He was born 27 Jan 1892. His father, John, died shortly afterwards and Anne then moved to Lochgelly, parish of Auchterderran, Fife in Scotland. Other sons followed and went into the mines. Peter was in the 1st WW and later emigrated to Australia where he met my mother (Mary Johnson). They got married and returned back to Northallerton (where I was born in 1937). My brother Bill was born in 1932 in Australia. I'd love to make contact with any Rodens (Roddens/Ruddens) who are related. My son Alan Roden, is a political editor for a Scottish Newspaper and lives in Edinbugh.

Matthew Rhoden
I would love to find more out about the family lineage.

sandra Pylant
Sandra Roden Hello everyone, it's so great to find out there are so many other Rodens out there. I've always wondered where our family originated from. I am the daughter of Jimmy Roden of Town Creek Al, and granddaughter of woodrow and Helen Roden also of Town Creek . Would love to know if anyone out there knows any of my family.

Rachel Harville
My mothers Family are Rodens and I am from Lawrence County AL. I would love to know where we came from exactly.

Rossheda Rhoden
Researching my family history

Jason Roden
My name is Jason Roden, grandson of Nealie Mae and Milton Roden. Our clan hail from Jackson County, Alabama (Pisgah,etc.) We, also, descend from the Clan O' Rodden, I believe. I would love to meet other Rodens!

Don Roden
Hello Jason, My grandfather John Roden married Julia Bain of Pisgah and moved to Scottsboro in the early 1920's. We live in Huntsville now.

Charlie Roden
Dear James L. Roden. I am almost certainly a relative of yours... in fact I'm positive. The names Hugh, Francis, and many others such as Thomas and James are recurring names in my family's geneology. You are correct in saying we originated from Leitrum in Ireland, and many of them settling in Edinburgh. I'm one of the youngest of the few remaining Rodens of our particular line; as far as I am aware; Many of the elder Rodens left for Canada, America, and Ireland so there may be more that I am unaware of. I would be very interested to hear back from you as there are only 4 of us left in Edinburgh, ranging from the ages of 83, 51, 17 and 15.

Ret.Capt.James L.Roden NYPD
We "Roden's" "Roddens" ought to have a convention somewhere.By the way,the family came from Drumkerrin Leitrin County Ireland.You can read about me on your computor under "Nightmare on Broadway"Also my great aunt'Tara Gallagher "born in Ireland, my grandmothers sister,a veteran of WW1 U.S.Army Nurses Corp and was one of the founders of the "American Legion'in Paris,France.She later was Head Nurse at the "Hospital of contastion deseases"Brookly New York.Pardon my spelling.

Don Roden
James, I read your story and boy, that must have been a rough day !!! I hope you are doing well at 84 !! I'm 65 and just retired from Broadcast TV engineering after 43 years. Don Roden Huntsville, Alabama

Ret. Captain James L.oden NYPD
I never realized there were so many "Roden's around,You can find me on "Nightmare on Broadway" I received the NYPD's Medal of Honor for that event as well as the State of New York Medal of Honor.I retired as a Captain NYPD.After living through "nightmare on Broadway" "Only the good die young".Here I am at 84 years.

Richard Roden
Hi, My name is Richard Roden, son of Norman Roden of Birmingham in England. I was born in 1964 and my Dad in 1929. I believe my Grandfather's family originated in Shropshire, where there is a village and a small river of the same name, not far from Shrewsbury. I believe there are quite a few Rodens in the Cheshire area and I know there are even a few in Nelson, New Zealand!

Ronda Rhoden
The earliest Rhoden that I have been able to trace is Thomas, but I have no dates nor country of origin for him. His sons, Ellender and William were born in 1758 and 1750 respectively, in Barnwell County, SC. The story I've always heard is that eight Rhoden brothers came from England pre-revolution (and William did fight in the Revolutionary War). Does any of this sound familiar?

Jon Stephens

I have some Roden/Rhodens in my family tree. They are based in Broseley in Shropshire and I go back to John Roden who was born in 1601 in Broseley and her married Margaret Clarke (1603-1681) in 1623, although strangely he wasn't baptised until 1658 !

I am Jordan Roden in Tuscumbia Alabama. The farthest back I know of my family's origins for sure is my great great grandad living in Lawerence County AL.

Rachel Harville
What is your great grand dads name?? My family is also from Lawrence County. My grandfathers name was Leon Roden.

James L.Roden
I am Retired Captain NYPD James L. Roden 1958 MOH-NYPD and 1958 MOH NY State Joint Chiefs of Police both medals for the same occasion,You can read the story on your computor under "Nightmare on Broadway" 1958. By the way I was off duty on my way home when this incident occurred.It seems we "Rodens"Roddens" realy get around.I am still "alive and kicking" at 84 years of age the grandfather and great grandfather of numerous children.

my wife is a was a roden who came from liverpool

Joann Roden
Hello Rodens of the world. My name is Joann Roden I'm 42 and live in south west London uk. My Dads name is Malcolm, his dad was called Lesley and that's as much as I know. I know my dad lived in Edingburgh as a child and his dad spent time in Africa. Any unknown relatives our there?

Tyler Roden
My name is Tyler Roden. I go to school at United States Military Academy, i was born and raised near Talladega, Alabama, as was my father Charles Roden, and his father Winford Roden all in Alabama. I don't know much beyond that, just interested to see if all the other Alabama Roden knows anything.

Ret Captain NYPD James L.Roden
My father Hugh Francis Roden became an officer in U.S.Army Reserve,A Major, as was my oldest brother Hugh Charles Roden

I am also a Roden from Pratt City(birmingham) Al. My great grand father came here in the late 1800's from Scotland after moving there from Ireland. He was in Ohio before coming down here, some of his siblings stayed in Ohio. Thanks

Pamela Roden
I am Pamela Roden. All I know is that my dad is William Riley Roden Jr. and my grandfather is Sr. and I have a uncle named Jeffery Roden. (My dad goes by Bill or he did when my parents were together.) Bill lived in Kentucky before he moved to Tennessee where he met my mom and I believe Mom said that my grandparents or great grandparents lived in Cleveland, OH. But I don't know that much about my Roden background. If anyone happens to know about any of these Rodens I would love to hear from you. Do a search on my name and it will send you to my Facebook page. Thanks.

Dianne R. Bradley
I am Dianne Roden. I now live near Huntsville, AL. I was told that my family emigrated from Ireland. My great grandfather and grandfather were born in Lawrence County, Alabama.

Mark roden
Hi, I'm Mark Roden from Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, my relatives have stayed in Irvine from the early 1800's. I work for the Fire Service.

Gregor Roden!
Uncle Mark! Saw your comment, when doing my homework!

Tom lewer

Hi my name is Tom lewer from Paisley. I am trying to trace my best man, Sam Roden. I was married in Salisbury Rhodesia in 1979. SAMs wife was called Betty, I believe that they came from Ayrshire. Sam worked for the Salisbury council but we lost contact when they moved to South Africa in the 80s. He was in the navy during the war and served on torpedo boats. I would like to find out if he still around, Thanks. Tom lewer. Paisley

Donald Roden
Many Rodens live in NW Georgia and NE Alabama. About half of the 2000 or so live in Texas. Anyone know of an Eli Roden from Pennsylvania that came south on a supply wagon train ? Donald Roden Jr. Huntsville, Alabama

Alan Roden
Hello, my name is Alan Roden (26) from Harrisburg Pennsylvania. My father's name is Clifford Roden (52). His father's name is Richard Roden (92) of Fishing Creek Valley Pennsylvania. I do not know much of my genealogy beyond what I have written however it is wonderful to see so many Rodens still at large.

James Roden
Hello, my name is James Roden and my family are from Chorley, Lancashire in England. I am an RAF Pilot and have 2 brothers and two sisters. My dad was a Printer who worked in Blackpool. His name is David. I didn't realize there were so many Rodens out there. Very good!