Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. RAHD-ə-rik(English)

Meaning & History

Means "famous ruler" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ric "ruler, mighty". 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 Walter Scott's 1811 poem The Vision of Don Roderick [1].

This name has also functioned as an Anglicized form of Scottish Ruaridh or Welsh Rhydderch.

Related Names

VariantsRuairi, Ruairidh, Ruaraidh, Ruaridh(Scottish Gaelic) Rhydderch(Welsh)
DiminutivesRod, Roddy(English) Roddy(Scottish)
Feminine FormRodina(Scottish)
Other Languages & CulturesHroderich(Ancient Germanic) Roderic(Catalan) Rodrigue(French) Rodrigo, Roi(Galician) Rory, Ruaidhrí, Ruairí(Irish) Rodrigo(Italian) Ruaidrí(Old Irish) Hrœrekr(Old Norse) Riderch(Old Welsh) Rodrigo, Rui, Ruy(Portuguese) Rurik(Russian) Rodrigo, Ruy(Spanish)
Surname DescendantRoderick(English)


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Sources & References

Entry updated January 21, 2022