Modern coinage, a blend of Rhoda and Rhona. It is now often taken to be a Welsh name derived from rhon ‘pike, lance’ (as in Rhonwen;) + -da ‘good’, as in Glenda. The name is associated particularly with the American film actress Rhonda Fleming (b. 1923 as Marilyn Louis).
French and Hungarian (Fráter): status name for a member a religious order, especially a mendicant order; alternatively, possibly a nickname for a pious person or for someone employed in a monastery, from a Latinized form of Old French fratre ‘brother’, Hungarian fráter(from Latin frater).