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).
Japanese (common in western Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands): from a common place name; many bearers therefore may be unrelated. According to folklore, a habitation near a pine tree (matsu) from which a deity would issue to visit mortals would be named Matsumoto: ‘place of the (divine) pine tree’. See also Matsuda and Matsuoka.