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Rodwell, a name of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a locational surname deriving from any one of various places in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Kent, England.In English, the meaning of the name Rodwell is "lives by the spring near the road".[1] There are places in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire called Radwell, and both are recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Radeuuelle"; the name means "the red spring or stream", derived from the Olde English pre-7th-century "read", red, with "well(a)", spring or stream. Rodwell, a parish in the diocese of Rochester, Kent, derives its name from the Olde English personal name "Hroda", a short form of various compound names with the first element "hrod", renown, with "well(a)", as before.

The modern surname from this source can be found as Rodwell, Radwell, and Rudwell. The christening of Hugh, son of John Rodwell, was recorded at St. Michael Bassishaw, London on July 27, 1572, and the marriage of Thomas Rodwell and Hanna Francknet was recorded in Eaton Socon, Bedfordshire, on October 27, 1624. The first recorded spelling of the family name is that of Robert de Radewell, dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Bedfordshire".


Rodwell is mostly used as a surname. Notable people with such include:

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Rodwell has been used a character name in literature and television. For example:

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  1. ^ "Rodwell name meaning".