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What does Rhoda mean?

Rhoda Pronunciation of Rhoda [rho-da] as a girls' name is pronounced ROH-da. It is of Greek and Latin origin, and the meaning of Rhoda is "rose; from Rhodes". See also Rosa. Rhodes is a Greek island originally named for its roses. Biblical: a servant girl who was one of the early Christian disciples. The name is mostly used in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Associated with: greek, biblical, 18th century, 19th century.


Rhoda has 8 variants: Rhodeia, Rhodia, Rhodie, Rhody, Roda, Rodi, Rodie and Rodina.

Related girl name: Rose.

3 more relations via Rosa: Rosal, Rose and Roza.

Creative forms:
(female) Rhola, Rhora, ..

(male) Rhori, Rhoto, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rhoda Palmer (R.P.), ..

How popular is Rhoda?

Rhoda is a very popular first name for females (#721 out of 4276, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#22670 out of 150436, Top 15%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rhoda entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #185 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rhoda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rhoda outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Rhoda rated in the Top 2000 are Rose (#166 the previous year) and Rosa (#631). Adoption of these forms of Rhoda was widespread during the years 1900-1909 (average #128) and is now much less (#932, 88% less usage), with forms such as Rosa going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rhoda, Rosa, Rose in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rose outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rhoda is alike in pronunciation to Radha, Reda, Reeda, Reida, Rhodea, Rida and Rudi. Other suggested similar names are Ahuda, Chonda, Doda, Joda, Leoda, Randa, Rhaya, Rhea, Rheba, Rheta, Rhia, Rhica, Rhona, Rhonda, Rhonnda (see Rhonda), Riona, Roba, Roma, Rona, Ronda, Rora, Roya, Shonda, Thada, Theda and Thida. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rhoda.

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