Attested since the 18th century. Same as Faroese røðari. Ásgeir Blöndal Magnússon does not give the exact derivation, but the Icelandic and Faroese forms are probably derived from a late Old Norse form *rœðari. Confer the attested Old Norse forms rœði and rœðir and German Ruderer. Ultimately from the root of the verb róa (“to row”) (Proto-Germanic *rōaną).