Rod Family History
Rod Name Meaning
German: habitational name from any of several places named Rod, or a topographic name for somene who lived in a woodland clearing, from a derivative of Middle High German roden ‘to clear land for cultivation’. Compare Rhodes. Norwegian (Rød): habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so named, from Old Norse ruð ‘clearing’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press