Short form of Stephen and Steven, also used as an independent given name. It is associated with the American film stars Steve McQueen (1930–80), noted for his ‘tough guy’ roles, and Steve Martin (b. 1945).
German (Rödel): 1. metonymic occupational name for a scribe or registrar, from Middle High German rodel ‘list’, ‘roll’ (Latin rotula ‘scroll’). 2. habitational name from Rödel in Saxony and Rhineland. 3. from a pet form of a Germanic personal name, Rodilo, formed with hrōd ‘fame’, ‘renown’.