When Rodney Lewis Steele was born on 28 January 1903, in Wilmot Township, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Clark Hollenbeck Steele, was 28 and his mother, Bertha Louise Morningstar, was 20. He married Beatrice P. Abrams on 2 October 1926, in Chenango, New York, United States. He lived in Wilmot, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States for about 10 years and Endicott, Union, Broome, New York, United States in 1930. He died in December 1987, in Broome, New York, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Wyalusing, Bradford, Pennsylvania, United States.
English and Scottish: nickname from Middle English stel(e) ‘steel’, perhaps used for someone considered as hard and durable as steel, or for a foundry worker.
English: variant of Stile .
Scottish: habitational name from one or more of the places called Steel(e) or Steill in Ayrshire, Berwickshire, and Dumfriesshire, from Scots steel ‘steep bank, spur of a ridge’.