The Spanish surname Rodriguez is a patronymic name meaning "son of Rodrigo." Rodrigo comes originally from a Germanic first name,the "ez or es" added to the root signifies "descendant of." The given name Rodrigo is the Spanish form of Roderick, meaning "famous power," from the Germanic elements "hrod," fame and "ric," power. Notable bearers of the name Rodriguez include Ventura Rodriguez an accomplished Spanish architect, and Mario Rodriguez Cobos, an Argentinean philosopher and writer. Today there are over 800,000 people living in The United States bearing the last name Rodriguez.