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

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.

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)

John Francis Roden

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

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?

h. trainor roden

James and Charles: My paternal grandfather Patrick was one of an estimated 10 children born in Drumkeeran, Leitrim. He later operated a shop in a seashore village near Edinburgh. (Apparently all siblings left Drumkeeran as there are no marriages or deaths of that family registered in the local church). Patrick married a Clare Trainor. About 1912 the family (including boys my father Harry, Hugh, James, Jerry,and George) came thru Ellis Is. and lived om NYC for years. Another boy went to Canada. I have wondered if our surname is connected to the town of Roden in the Netherlands. My family is blue-eyed, fair haired so we have the "Norse" blood overriding the Celt.