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).
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).