Origin of the Name Roddy
The origin of the name Roddy
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Roddy has a number of variants including Roddie, Ruddy, Redehan, O'Reddy and Rodehan. The original Gaelic form of this name was O'Rodachain but this sept name later changed to O'Rodaigh. This sept was located in County Leitrim although the name is also associated with County Donegal where there is a townland called Tir Roddy in the parish of Taughboyne.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
They where co-arbs of the Saint Cullen of Fenagh, one of whom, was prominent in the year 1515, as recorded in the 'Book of Fenagh'. The County Mayo sept of O'Roideachain also changed their native name to Roddy as well as the more usual Redahan.
The Roddy coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Roddy descendants.