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PronouncedPron.RAHD-ə-r!k English
RAHD-r!k English

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).
VariantsRuairi, Ruairidh, Ruaraidh, Ruaridh Scottish Rhydderch Welsh
DiminutivesRod, Roddy English Roddy Scottish
Feminine FormRodina Scottish
Other Languages & CulturesHroderich Ancient Germanic Roderic Catalan Rodrigue French Rodrigo, Roi Galician Rory, Ruaidhrí, Rorie, Ruaidrí, Ruairí Irish Rodrigo Italian Rodrigo, Rui, Ruy Portuguese Rodrigo, Ruy Spanish


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Entry updated December 3, 2014