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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

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

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Rogers family have grown. The name Rogers was given to a member of the family who was a fame-spear or one who was a skilled soldier. The surname Rogers 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 Rogers 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.


Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rogers family name 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rogers 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 Rogers History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Rogers 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.


For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rogers surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Rogers Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Bryan Rogers, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Ellener Rogers, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Rogers settled in New London Conn. in 1635 from the Cornwall branch
  • Nathaniel Rogers who settled in Boston in 1636 from the Devonshire branch
  • Ellin Rogers, who arrived in Virginia in 1638

Rogers Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Zachariah Rogers settled in Boston in 1712
  • John Rogers settled in Boston in 1712
  • Sam Rogers settled in Boston in 1716
  • Demetrius Rogers, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Jacob Rogers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1751

Rogers Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Rogers, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Barney Rogers, aged 45, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Eleanor Rogers, aged 30, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Hugh Rogers, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Francis Rogers, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818

Rogers Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Ernest Rogers, who arrived in Colorado in 1903
  • Ernest George Rogers, who landed in Alabama in 1922


  • General Bernard William Rogers (b. 1921), American former army chief of staff from 1976-1979 and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe 1979-1987
  • Carl Ransom Rogers (1902-1987), American psychologist
  • Fred McFeely "Mr." Rogers (1928-2003), American children's television host, Presbyterian clergyman and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • James Gamble Rogers (1867-1947), American architect
  • Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers (b. 1938), American country singer
  • Randolph Rogers (1825-1892), American sculptor
  • William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (1879-1935), American humorist-philosopher
  • William Pierce Rogers (1913-2001), American politician and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Quartermaster Samuel F. Rogers (1845-1905), American sailor awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean Expedition
  • Reginald O'Keith "Reggie" Rogers (1964-2013), American NFL football defensive tackle who played from 1987 to 1992



  • 1699-Rogers-1991: Descendants and Ancestors by Marie Rogers Sittler.
  • Ancestors of Reeks and Rogers, Christchurch, Dorset by Lindsay S. Reeks.
  • Branching Out from Stephen Graves by Jessie Wagner Graves.

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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  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Rogers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rogers 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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