Rod name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Rod
  1. A straight and slender stick; a wand; hence, any slender bar, as of wood or metal (applied to various purposes).
    1. An instrument of punishment or correction; figuratively, chastisement.
      "He that spareth his rod hateth his son." [Prov. xiii. 24.]
    2. A kind of sceptor, or badge of office; hence, figuratively, power; authority; tyranny; oppression.
      "The rod, and bird of peace."
    3. A support for a fishing line; a fish pole.
    4. [Mach. & Structure]
      A member used in tension, as for sustaining a suspended weight, or in tension and compression, as for transmitting reciprocating motion, etc.; a connecting bar.
    5. An instrument for measuring.
  2. A measure of length containing sixteen and a half feet; -- called also perch, and pole.

Etymology: The same word as rood. See Rood

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any rod-shaped bacterium
  2. A gangster's pistol
  3. A long thin implement made of metal or wood
  4. A visual receptor cell that is sensitive to dim light
  5. A square rod of land
  6. A linear measure of 16.5 feet

From Old English *rodd or *rodde (attested in dative plural roddum), of uncertain origin.

  1. A straight, round stick, shaft, bar, cane, or staff.
    The circus strong man proved his strength by bending an iron , and then straightening it.
  2. (fishing) A long slender usually tapering pole used for angling; fishing rod.
    When I hooked a snake and not a fish, I got so scared I dropped my in the water.
  3. A stick, pole, or bundle of switches or twigs (such as a birch), used for personal defense or to administer corporal punishment by whipping.
  4. An implement resembling and/or supplanting a rod (particularly a cane) that is used for corporal punishment, and metonymically called , regardless of its actual shape and composition.
    The judge imposed on the thief a sentence of fifteen strokes with .
  5. A stick used to measure distance, by using its established length or task-specific temporary marks along its length, or by dint of specific graduated marks.
    I notched a and used it to measure the length of rope to cut.
  6. (archaic) A unit of length equal to 1 pole, a perch, ¼ chain, 5½ yards, 16½ feet, or exactly 5.0292 meters (these being all equivalent).
  7. An implement held vertically and viewed through an optical surveying instrument such as a transit, used to measure distance in land surveying and construction layout; an engineer's rod, surveyor's rod, surveying rod, leveling rod, ranging rod. The modern (US) engineer's or surveyor's rod commonly is eight or ten feet long and often designed to extend higher. In former times a surveyor's rod often was a single wooden pole or composed of multiple sectioned and socketed pieces, and besides serving as a sighting target was used to measure distance on the ground horizontally, hence for convenience was of one rod or pole in length, that is, 5½ yards.
  8. (archaic) A unit of area equal to a square rod, 30¼ square yards or 1/160 acre.
    The house had a small yard of about six in size.
  9. A straight bar that unites moving parts of a machine, for holding parts together as a connecting rod or for transferring power as a drive-shaft.
    The engine threw a , and then went to pieces before our eyes, springs and coils shooting in all directions.
  10. (anatomy) Short for rod cell, a rod-shaped cell in the eye that is sensitive to light.
    The are more sensitive than the cones, but do not discern color.
  11. (biology) Any of a number of long, slender microorganisms.
    He applied a gram positive stain, looking for indicative of Listeria.
  12. (chemistry) : a glass rod, typically about 6 inches to 1 foot long and 1/8 to 1/4 inch in diameter that can be used to stir liquids in flasks or beakers.
  13. (slang) A pistol; a gun.
  14. (slang, vulgar) A penis.
  15. (slang) A hot rod, an automobile or other passenger motor vehicle modified to run faster and often with exterior cosmetic alterations, especially one based originally on a pre-1940s model or (currently) denoting any older vehicle thus modified.
  16. (ufology) A rod-shaped object that appears in photographs or videos traveling at high speed, not seen by the person recording the event, often associated with extraterrestrial entities.
  17. (mathematics) A Cuisenaire rod.
  18. (rail transport) A coupling rod or connecting rod, which links the driving wheels of a steam locomotive.

rod was also found in the following language(s): Breton, Czech, Danish, German Low German, Latvian, Lojban, Old English, Old Saxon, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, and Welsh

Notable Persons Named Rod

Notable Persons Named Rod

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart is a rock music, pop music, blue-eyed soul, blues rock, and folk rock musician. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 1961 to present. Rod was given the name Roderick David Stewart on January 10th, 1945 in Highgate, North London, England. Rod is also known as Rod the Mod".

Rod Serling

Rod Serling was a drama, speculative fiction, science fiction, and horror fiction screenwriter, tv producer, narrator, and narration. His career lasted from 1954 to 1975. Rod was given the name Rodman Edward Serling on December 25th, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, U.S. He passed away on June 28th, 1975.

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich is a Governor of Illinois. Rod was born on December 10th, 1956 in Chicago.

Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor was an actor. His career lasted from 1951 to 2015. Rod was given the name Rodney Sturt Taylor on January 11th, 1930 in Lidcombe, New South Wales. He breathed his last breath on January 7th, 2015.

Rod Laver

Rod Laver is a tennis player. Rod was born on August 9th, 1938 in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia.

Rod Temperton

Rod Temperton is a musician. Rod was given the name Rodney Lynn Temperton on October 15th, 1947.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rod

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rod

Johnny Rod

Johnny Rod is a heavy metal music, glam metal, and hard rock musician. He plays Bass guitar. He was most prominent from 1983 to 1993. Johnny was given the name John Tumminello on December 8th, 1957.

Hot Rod

Hot Rod is a hip hop music and dance music rapping and singing. His ongoing career started in 2006. Hot was born on June 25th, 1985 in Sacramento, California. Hot is also known as Young Hot Rod, Toole, and Rodney (birth name).

Kapten Röd

Kapten Röd is a reggae and dancehall musician. His ongoing career started in 2007. Kapten was given the name Björn Axel Tage Nilsson on July 7th, 1983 in Gothenburg, Västergötland, Sweden. Kapten is also known as Kapten and Frenemy.

Noah Rod

Noah Rod is a hockey player for the Genève-Servette HC in the National League A. His ongoing career started in 2013. Noah was born on June 7th, 1996 in La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Édouard Rod

Édouard Rod was a writer. Édouard was born on March 31st, 1857 in Nyon. He breathed his last breath on January 29th, 1910.

John William Rod

John was born in 1856. John is also known as George and John. He breathed his last breath in 1920.


Common last names for Rod

Common first names for Rod

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rod U.S.
  White 48.67% 64.26%
  African American 1.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 47.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rod

People with the last name Rod are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Rod

  • How Popular is the name Rod? Rod is the 2,808th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rod was the 18,734th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rod have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,731 babies born with the first name Rod in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rod to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rod? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1910 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Rod first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rod is Wednesday, July 2nd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Rod born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rod was in 1960 with a total of 495 babies.
  • Random Rod Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rod is not a popular baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Wisconsin have the same name in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Rod: The name spelled backwards is Dor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Odr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rod? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,465 people with the last name Rod.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rod? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rod as their last name since less than 1 person in 200k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Rod name meaning

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