Rhoda (name)

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Rhoda is a female given name, originating in both Greek and Latin. Its primary meaning is "rose" but it can also mean "from Rhodes", the Greek island originally named for its roses. The name was mostly used in the 18th and 19th centuries but goes back at least to the first century as it is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible (see Rhoda (biblical figure)).



  • Rhoda Grant (born 1963), Scottish Labour Member of the Scottish Parliament
  • Rhoda Fox Graves (1877–1950), American suffragist, woman's rights activist, and pioneering female Republican politician
  • Rhoda Jacobs (born 1937), American member of the New York State Assembly
  • Rhoda Perry (born 1943), member of the Rhode Island Senate




  • Rhoda Griffis (born 1965), American actress
  • Rhoda Jordan (born 1979), African-American actress
  • Rhoda Montemayor (born 1979), actress who played Rose Ortiz, the Pink Ranger in Power Rangers: Operation Overdrive

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  • Rhoda Abbott (1873–1946), only female passenger to go down with the Titanic and survive
  • Rhoda Billings (born 1937), American lawyer and a former justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Rhoda Haas Goldman (1924–1996), American philanthropist and heiress
  • (Rhoda) Lavinia Goodell (1839–1880), the first woman licensed to practice law in Wisconsin
  • Rhoda Holmes Nicholls (1854–1930), British-born American painter
  • Rhoda Pritzker (1914–2007), British-American philanthropist
  • Rhoda Richards (1784–1879), wife of Mormon leader Joseph Smith and, after his death, Brigham Young
  • Rhoda Wise (1888–1948), American alleged stigmatist

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