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What does Rod mean?

Rod Pronunciation of Rod [rod] as a boys' name. Short form of Roderick sometimes used as an independent name. Actors Rod Steiger, Roddy MacDowall.


9 different relations via Roddy, Roderick: Rodd, Roddie, Roddy, Rodric, Rodrik, Rodryk, Roric, Rory and Ruy.

Creative forms:
(male) Rold, Rood, ..

(female) Rodah, Rodra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rod Jett (R.J.), ..

How popular is Rod?

Rod is a very prominent first name for men (#599 out of 1220, Top 49%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#19828 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rod was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its peak rank of #410 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. Rodd, Roddy, Roderick (#1066 in recent rankings) and Rory (#378) are the prominent variation forms of Rod. These relations of Rod reached the peak of their popularity in the 1960s (median #684) and are somewhat less widespread today (#1488, 41.6%), with forms such as Roderick becoming less trendy. Rory is the most chic birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rod, Rodd, Roddy, Roderick, Rory in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rod is alike in pronunciation to Rad, Radd, Read, Reade, Redd, Reed, Reid, Reide, Reyd, Riyad and Rudd. Other recommended names are Dod, Rob, Roe, Rog, Roi, Ron, Row, Roy and Tod. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rod.