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Where did the English Rodgers family come from? What is the English Rodgers family crest and coat of arms? When did the Rodgers family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Rodgers family history?

The earliest origins of the family name Rodgers date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a fame-spear or one who was a skilled soldier. The surname Rodgers was originally a Germanic personal name derived from the elements hrod, or "renown" combined with geri, or "spear;" thus the name suggested "prowess with a spear." The surname Rodgers may have derived from the Old French word Rogier. After the Norman Conquest, the Old English naming system gradually dissolved. Old English names became less common and were replaced by popular continental European names. The earliest surnames in England were found shortly after the Norman Conquest and are of Norman French rather than native English origins.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Rodgers include Rogers, Roger, Rodger, Rodgers and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodgers research. Another 167 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1550, 1618, 1583, 1658, 1602, 1598, 1655, 1630, 1684, 1636, 1682, 1684, 1620, 1621, 1690 and are included under the topic Early Rodgers History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 245 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodgers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Rodgers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Rodgers Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Andrew Rodgers, who arrived in New England in 1671
  • Thomas Rodgers, who arrived in Maryland in 1677
  • Francis Rodgers, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Rodgers Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Moses Rodgers, who arrived in America in 1795
  • Samuel Rodgers, who landed in Ohio in 1798

Rodgers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Rodgers, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1803
  • Mary Rodgers, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Patrick Rodgers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Morris Rodgers, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • David Rodgers, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833


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  • Richard Charles Rodgers (1902-1979), American composer, songwriter, and writer of musicals and is one of only two persons to have won an Oscar, a Grammy, an Emmy, a Tony Award, and a Pulitzer Prize
  • Commander John Rodgers (1881-1926), American naval officer and an early aviator
  • Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933), American country singer
  • Aaron Charles Rodgers (b. 1983), American football quarterback for the Green Bay Packers who led them to named Super Bowl XLV victory
  • Brigadier-General Robert Clive Rodgers (1887-1966), American President of European Theater of Operations Manpower Board in 1945
  • William Thomas Rodgers (b. 1928), British politician, transport secretary from 1976 to 1979, split from Labor Party and co-founded the Social Democratic Party in 1981
  • Sir John Charles Rodgers (1906-1993), 1st Baronet, a British Conservative politician


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Nos Nostraque Deo
Motto Translation: We and ours to God.

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The Rodgers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rodgers Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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