Where did the English Rhodes family come from? What is the English coat of arms/family crest? When did the Rhodes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
Rhodes is a name that came to England in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Rhodes family lived in Lincolnshire at Rhodes, from whence their name is derived.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Rhodes, Rhoades, Rhode, Rhoads, Roades, Roads and others.
First found in Lincolnshire where they were seated from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Rhodes or a variant listed above were: John Rhode settled in Virginia with his wife and three children in 1709; along with Phillip and his wife and four children; John Rhodes settled in Maryland in 1774.
Motto Translated: Strength through God.
Suggested Readings for the name Rhodes
* Carry Me Back-: the History of the Roddens, Rawdens, Rodens, and Allied Families by Paul G. Rodden.
* Rhodes-Barnett and Mitchusson-Ingram by Norma Rhodes Ladd.
Some noteworthy people of the name Rhodes
* Cecil John Rhodes, American Statesman and Financier
* Francis Rhodes, American Educator
* Irwin Rhodes, American lawyer
* John Rhodes, American Politician
* Willard Rhodes, American Ethnomusicologist.
* Marion Rhodes, British Painter
* Phillip Rhodes, British Physician
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