The surname “Rodney” was first found in Somerset where the family was descended from the tenant of the lands and village of Rodney Stoke.
The tenancy was held by the Bishop of Coutances, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.
The village of Rodney Stoke held a Mill, 20 pigs, 20 mares and 68 goats (much like Margate today), and was the
long-held seat of the knightly family of Rodney.
The distinguished descendant, the Admiral Rodney, was elevated to the peerage as Baron Rodney, of Rodney Stoke, for the memorable victory he had achieved over the French fleet in 1782 (Hooray!!!) which was comanded by the Comte de Grasse (Boooo!!!).
The motto of the Rodney family, originally a battle cry, was “Non generant aquile columbas” . . . which means . . . . .