GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: RAHD-ə-rik (English), RAHD-rik (English)  [details]

Meaning & History

Means "famous power" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ric "power". This name was in use among the Visigoths; it was borne by their last king (also known as Rodrigo), who died fighting the Muslim invaders of Spain in the 8th century. It also had cognates in Old Norse and West Germanic, and Scandinavian settlers and Normans introduced it to England, though it died out after the Middle Ages. It was revived in the English-speaking world by Sir Walter Scott's poem 'The Vision of Don Roderick' (1811).
VARIANTS: Ruairi, Ruairidh, Ruaraidh, Ruaridh (Scottish), Rhydderch (Welsh)
DIMINUTIVES: Rod, Roddy (English), Roddy (Scottish)
FEMININE FORM: Rodina (Scottish)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Hroderich (Ancient Germanic), Roderic (Catalan), Rodrigue (French), Rodrigo, Roi (Galician), Rory, Ruaidhrí, Rorie, Ruaidrí, Ruairí (Irish), Rodrigo (Italian), Rodrigo, Rui, Ruy (Portuguese), Rodrigo, Ruy (Spanish)


colors, currently out of the US top 1000, Dragon Age characters, Fire Emblem characters, kings, red, royalty
Entry updated December 3, 2014