(m) Old Germanic, ‘fame rule.’ The name often
occurs in the clan histories, e.g., the MacNeils. It was
the normal English substitute for Gaelic Ruairidh, ‘red,’
because of vague similarities of pronunciation. Roderick
was heavily used in Scotland during the nineteenth century, being
27th most frequently used name in 1858.
1925 it was in 60th position, and in 1958 it was 63rd. An unofficial
name count made in 1975 suggests that Roderick was at that time
coming back into fashion.
(m) Gaelic Ruairidh, or Ruaridh, ‘red.’ Roderick is
also used as the English substitute for the same Gaelic name,
but Rory remains in consistent use in Scotland.
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