Last name origins & meanings:
- German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname for a person with red
hair, from Middle High German rōt, German rot
‘red’. As a Jewish surname it is also at least partly ornamental: its
frequency as a Jewish surname is disproportionate to the number of
Jews who, one may reasonably assume, were red-headed during the period
of surname adoption.
- German and English: topographic name
for someone who lived on land that had been cleared, Old High German
rod, Old English rod, roð.
- German: from a short form of any of the various Germanic personal names with
the first element hrōd ‘renown’. Compare Rode 1,
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