Road


Road
This interesting surname, chiefly found in Yorkshire and Lancashire, is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a topographical name for someone who lived by a clearing in woodland, from the Olde English pre 7th Century "rod", clearing, or a locational name from any of the places named with this word. These places include: Rhodes near Middleton in Lancashire; Rhodes (Hill), north of Ashton-under-Lyme; Rhodes (Bank) near Oldham; and Rhodes (Green), north of Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Topographical features, whether natural or man-made, provided obvious and convenient means of identification in the small communities of the Middle Ages, and consequently gave rise to several surnames. Locational names were developed when former inhabitants of a place moved to another area, usually to seek work, and were best identified by the name of their birthplace. Early examples of the surname include: Alexander de la rode (Norfolk, 1277); John atte Rode (Bedfordshire, 1294); and Robert del Rodes (Lancashire, 1332). Cecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902) was a British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa. As Prime Minister of the Cape Colony (1890 - 1896), he helped to extend British territory. A Coat of Arms granted to the family is a silver shield, a red lion passant quardant between two acorns in bend azure cotised ermines, a trefoil for difference. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Rodes, which was dated 1219, witness in the "Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • road — W1S1 [rəud US roud] n [: Old English; Origin: rad ride, journey ] 1.) [U and C] a specially prepared hard surface for cars, buses, bicycles etc to travel on →↑street, motorway ↑motorway, freeway ↑freeway ▪ I was driving along the road when a kid… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • road — [ roud ] noun count *** 1. ) a way that leads from one place to another, especially one with a hard surface that cars and other vehicles can use: He was driving on the wrong side of the road. A cat suddenly ran into the middle of the road. All… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Road to... — Road to... refers to a series of seven comedy films starring Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Dorothy Lamour. They are also often referred to as Road pictures. The movies were a combination of adventure, comedy, romance, and music. The minimal plot… …   Wikipedia

  • Road to... — Road to... Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Road to... es una serie de películas protagonizadas por Bob Hope, Bing Crosby y Dorothy Lamour. También son conocidas como Road Pictures. Sus tramas están llenas de aventuras, comedias, romance y musicales …   Wikipedia Español

  • Road — (r[=o]), n. [AS. r[=a]d a riding, that on which one rides or travels, a road, fr. r[=i]dan to ride. See {Ride}, and cf. {Raid}.] 1. A journey, or stage of a journey. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] With easy roads he came to Leicester. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • road — ► NOUN 1) a wide way between places, especially one surfaced for use by vehicles. 2) a way to achieving a particular outcome. 3) a partly sheltered stretch of water near the shore in which ships can ride at anchor. ● down the road Cf. ↑down the… …   English terms dictionary

  • road — road, street 1. According to a law of Henry I of England (1100–35), a street was to be sufficiently broad for two loaded carts to meet and for sixteen armed knights to ride abreast. The history of road and street and of other terms such as lane,… …   Modern English usage

  • Road — kommt aus dem Englischen und bedeutet Straße, hauptsächlich werden Straßen außerorts oder am Stadtrand so bezeichnet. Außerdem sind einige Filme mit Road betitelt: Road (1987), britischer Spielfilm von Alan Clarke Road (2000), australischer… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • road — [rōd] n. [ME rode, a riding < OE rad, a ride, traveling on horseback, way; akin to ridan, to RIDE] 1. a way made for traveling between places, esp. distant places, by automobile, horseback, etc.; highway 2. a way; path; course [the road to… …   English World dictionary

  • road — (n.) O.E. rad riding, hostile incursion, from P.Gmc. *ridanan, source of O.E. ridan (see RIDE (Cf. ride)). Also related to RAID (Cf. raid). In Middle English, a riding, a journey; sense of open way for traveling between two places is first… …   Etymology dictionary

  • road up — Road surface being repaired • • • Main Entry: ↑road …   Useful english dictionary


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