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Recorded in a number of spelling forms including Rhodes, Roades, Rodes and the misread Rhodef, this is an English surname of great antiquity. Originally found chiefly in the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire, it is of pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon origin. It may be either a topographical name for someone who lived by a clearing in woodland, from the Olde English "rod", meaning a clearing, or a locational name from any of the places named with this word. These include: Rhodes near Middleton in Lancashire; Rhodes (Hill), north of Ashton-under-Lyne; Rhodes (Bank) near Oldham; and Rhodes (Green), north of Wakefield in the West Riding of Yorkshire...

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