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).
Polish, Czech, Slovak, Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic), and Slovenian: occupational name for a carter or drayman, the driver of a horse-drawn delivery vehicle, from Polish, Yiddish, and Slovenian furman, a loanword from German (see Fuhrmann). See also Forman.