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Rorik of Dorestad by H. W. Koekkoek.

Roderick (from Proto-Germanic *Hrōþirīk(i)az) also refered as Roderik or Roderic is a Germanic name, in various derived forms appearing as the name of several legendary and historical characters.

The name means "famous ruler", and appears in Old German as Hrodric, in Old English language as Hrēðrīc and Hroðricus, in Old East Norse as Rørik and Old West Norse as Hrœrekr. In the Primary chronicle, it appears as Russian: Рюрик, i.e. Rurik. In Spanish and Portuguese, it was rendered as Rodrigo, or in its short form, Ruy/Rui. In Arabic, it appears as Ludhriq (لذري).

Roderick is also an Anglicisation of several unrelated names. As a surname and given name it is an Anglicised form of the Welsh Rhydderch. The given name Roderick is also a an Anglicised form of the Gaelic personal name Ruaidhrí/Ruairí/Ruairi/Ruairidh/Ruaraidh.

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Medieval English name from Germanic hrōd (fame) + rīc (power), revived after Walter Scott used it in a poem in 1811, where it is a translation of its Spanish cognate Rodrigo. Roderick is also used to anglicize Scottish Ruairidh and Welsh Rhydderch.

Proper noun




  1. A male given name.


  • 1924 P. G. Wodehouse, Bill the Conqueror, George H. Doran 1924, page 16:
    "You must not forget that eventually Roderick will have to succeed whatever title you choose. We must not select anything which would seem ridiculous in connection with Roderick. His actual name is bad enough, as it is. Roderick!" Mrs. Hammond winced. This was a painful subject with her. "How often I pleaded with poor Lucy to call him Thomas!"

Related terms

  • (diminutives): Rod, Roddy



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