Rodney Coat of Arms
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Blazons & Genealogy Notes
1) (Stoke Rodney, co. Somerset; Sir John Rodney, Knt., of Stoke Rodney, descended from Walter Rodney, living A.D. 1095, s. his cousin, Sir George Rodney, Knt., of Stoke Rodney, and d. 1611, leaving, with other issue, 1) Sir Edward Rodney, Knt., of Stoke Rodney, d. 1657, leaving three dans, his co-heirs; and 2) Anthony Rodney, Colonel in the army, ancestor of Lord Rodney. Visit. Somerset, 1623). (Buckwell, co. Somerset; John Rodney, Esq., of that place; his dau. Anne, m. William Sotton, Esq., of Averham, living A.D. 1575. Visit. Notts, 1614). (cos. Hants and Somerset). Or, three eagles displ. purp.
2) (Rodney, co. Devon). Same Arms. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, an eagle rising purp.
3) (Baron Rodney). Same Arms. Crest—On a ducal coronet or, an eagle, wings displ. and inverted purp. Supporters—Two eagles, wings inverted purp. beaked and membered or, each sustaining with the interior claw a banner of St. George, the staves ppr. each enfiled with a naval coronet gold. Motto—Non générant aquilæ columbas.
4) (co. Warwick). Ar. three eagles displ. purp.
5) Or, three eagles displ. vert.
6) Or, a lion ramp. az.
7) Or, in chief two eagles displ. vert.
8) Or (another, ar.) three eagles displ. sa.
9) Or, three eagles displ. az.
10) (William Powell Rodney, Esq.). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, same as Rodney, of Stoke Rodney; 2nd and 3rd, per pale az. and gu. three lions ramp. ar. a border nebulée or, for Powell. Crests—1st, Rodney: Same as Rodney, of Stoke Rodney; 2nd, Powell: Out of a wreath of laurel vert a lady’s head couped at the shoulders ppr. vested gu.
Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Rodney Name
This is an English place name meaning of Rodney, referring to a parish in county Somerset called Rodney Stoke, but also traces back even earlier to a small island of mass in the parish of Wedmore. In 1887, the vicar of Wedmore wrote “Rodney is the name of a little hump, or island, rising out of Mark Moor”. One source states it derives from the Anglo-Saxon word Ródan-ig, meaning Róda’s Island or Hróda’s Island. The surname’s motto is Non generant aquilce columbas, which translates to “Eagles do not beget doves”. In the early 14th century the name was spelled Rodeneye.
Early notables include Richard de Rodeneye (who lived during the reign of Edward I), Walter de Rodeneye from Somerset (lived during reign of Edward III), Thomas de Rodeneye, and Ralph de Rodeney. In 1665, Charles Howard married Elizabeth Rodney of Pilton, Somerset.
Baron Rodney is a title of the Peerage of Great Britain, a legal system of heredity titled comprising various noble ranks, created in 1782 for Sir George Brydges Rodney, a naval commander, best known for his service in the American Revolution and victory over the French Navy in the Battle of the Saintes.
Rodney Coat of Arms Meaning
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