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What does Roderick mean?

Roderick Pronunciation of Roderick [rod-er-ick] as a boys' name is pronounced RAH-der-ik. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Roderick is "famous power". Germanic name from hrod "fame", and ric "rule, power". It was used in Celtic to anglicize Rhodri and Rhydderch. In Scotland, it was used for Ruairidh (see Rory). Literary: "The Vision of Don Roderick" was a 1811 poem by Sir Walter Scott. See also Rodel.

Associated with: power, rule (king), scotland, literary.


Roderick has 34 variants: Broderick, Brodrick, Brodryck, Rhoderick, Rhodric, Rod, Rodd, Rodderick, Roddie, Roddric, Roddrick, Roddy, Roderic, Roderich, Roderigo, Roderik, Roderyck, Rodric, Rodrick, Rodrigo, Rodrigue, Rodrigues, Rodriguez, Rodrik, Rodrique, Rodriquez, Rodryck, Rodryk, Roric, Rorick, Rory, Rurek, Rurik and Ruy.

Related boy name: Radek.

2 more alternative forms via Rodel, Rory: Rorik and Rorric.

1 feminine form: Roderica.

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Middle name pairings:
Roderick Carsten (R.C.), ..

How popular is Roderick?

Roderick is a very popular first name for males (#345 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very popular last name for both adults and children (#4723 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Roderick reached its top rank of #246 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is currently at #1066. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Roderick (#1066 a year ago) are Rory (#378 a year ago), Rodrigo (#460), Broderick (#1166), Rodriguez, Rodriquez, Rodrick, Roderic, Brodrick, Rod, Rodd and Roddy. Other variants, like Rorik, are seldom used. These relations of Roderick were popular as baby names 45 years ago (median #1174) and are almost as common today (#1589, 13.6%), but with forms such as Rodrick going out of style. Rory is the most contemporarily stylish birth name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roderick, Broderick, Brodrick, Rod, Rodd in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roddy, Roderic, Rodrick, Rodrigo, Rodriguez in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rodriquez, Rory in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Adelrick, Aerick, Alberick, Alerick, Allerick, Andrick, Broderic (see Broderick), Cedrick, Corrick, Dedrick, Derick, Diederick, Dierick, Eddrick, Ederic, Ederick, Edrick, Eldrick, Federico, Frederick, Goderick, Godric, Godrick, Goodrick, Jedrick, Jerick, Kadrick, Keddrick, Kedrick, Lodewick, Maverick, Melderick (see Meldrick), Rogerio, Sedrick, Tedrick, Yorick and Yorrick. These names tend to be less frequently used than Roderick.

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