Roger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Welsh name Roger is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Rosser, which also took the form Rhosier. The surname Roger was originally ap-Rosser or ap-Rhosier: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ab" or "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time. There has also been suggestion that the name is a Welsh transformation of the Gaelic name "Mac Ruaidhri."

Early Origins of the Roger family

The surname Roger was first found in Herefordshire, 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. The form Rosser was found in Chancery, where a Morres Rosser was recorded in Wales in 1100, in the "Calendar of Proceedings in Chancery" published during the reign of Elizabeth I in the 16th century.

Important Dates for the Roger family

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Roger Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Roger has occasionally been spelled Prosser, Prousser, Proser, Prouser, Prossar, Rosser, Roser, Rossear and many more.

Early Notables of the Roger family (pre 1700)

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Roger migration to the United States

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Roger:

Roger Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Roger, who settled in New England in 1635
  • James Roger, aged 20, settled in New England in 1635
  • James Roger, aged 20, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
  • Sym Roger, aged 20, who arrived in New England in 1635 [1]
  • John Roger, who settled in Virginia in 1642
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Roger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Roger, who arrived in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [1]
  • Maurice Roger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [1]
  • Thebis Roger, who arrived in Carolina in 1738 [1]
  • Geo Michel Roger, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Jean Roger, who settled in Charles Town in 1763-1764
Roger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Allen Roger, aged 46, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Peter Roger, aged 22, who landed in Missouri in 1848 [1]
  • Ouerre Roger, aged 48, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • Julien Roger, aged 51, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]
  • Anna Maria Roger, aged 38, who landed in America in 1865 [1]
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Roger migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roger Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Christophe Roger, who landed in Montreal in 1653
  • Louis Roger, who arrived in Canada in 1656
  • Mr. Denis Roger, French labourer travelling to Canada to work for Arnaud Peré arriving on 17th February 1656 [2]
  • Gabriel Roger, son of René and Jeanne, married Marie De La Cour, daughter of Guillaume and Marie, in Quebec on 30th October 1669 [3]
  • Guillaume Roger, son of Guillaume and Élisabeth, married Ursule Le Vasseur, daughter of Jean and Marguerite, in Quebec on 6th January 1672 [3]
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Roger Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Louis Roger, son of Toussaint and Geneviève, married Marie-Anne Benoit, daughter of Gabriel and Marie-Anne, in Montreal, Quebec on 28th October 1709 [3]
  • Jean-Louis Roger, son of François and Jeanne, married Marie-Anne-Barbe Couillaud, daughter of Philibert and Catherine, in Quebec on 4th May 1731 [3]
  • Pierre Roger, son of Pierre and Thérèse, married Marie-Anne Cadoret, daughter of Pierre and Charlotte, in Quebec on 30th October 1741 [3]
  • Gabriel Roger, son of Joseph and Marie-Reine, married Marie-Charlotte Boucher, daughter of Jean-François and Geneviève, in Quebec on 12th April 1746 [3]
  • François Roger, son of Jacques and Rose, married Marie-Jeanne Boutin, daughter of Pierre and Marie-Jeanne, in Montreal, Quebec on 7th January 1758 [3]
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Roger Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Roger, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Roger migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Roger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eli Roger, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [4]
  • George Roger, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" in 1849 [5]
  • George Roger, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [5]
  • Mr. William Roger, Cornish farm labourer departing from Soton on 18th November 1862 aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 26th February 1863 [6]
  • Mrs. Ann Roger, Cornish settler departing from Soton on 18th November 1862 aboard the ship "Ivanhoe" arriving in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 26th February 1863 [6]

Roger migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Roger Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Roger, Australian settler travelling from Sydney with 2 children aboard the ship "Deborah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 [7]
  • Mr. R. Roger, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [8]
  • Mrs. Roger, Scottish settler with 4 sons and 3 daughters travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Three Bells" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 13th July 1858 [8]
  • Mr. Alexander Roger, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 31st December 1874 [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Roger (post 1700)

  • Jean-Baptiste Roger de Lacoustande, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [9]
  • Joseph Roger Bismuth (1926-2019), Tunisian businessman and senator
  • Mr. Paul Roger Ludwig M.V.O.,, British former The Queen's Bargemaster, was appointed the Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 8th June 2018 [10]
  • William Roger Revelle (b. 1944), American psychology professor at Northwestern University working in personality psychology
  • Benjamin Roger Massing (1962-2017), Cameroonian footballer for the Cameroon National Team (1987-1992)
  • W. Roger Fetter, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1956 [11]
  • Björn Roger Bengtsson (b. 1973), Swedish actor
  • Leslie Roger Wootton (1944-2017), English aeronautical engineer and balloonist, Dean of engineering for City University
  • Mark Roger Wilkinson OBE OLM (1950-2017), English furniture designer, founding designer of Mark Wilkinson Furniture and Smallbone of Devizes
  • Henry Roger Tempest (1924-2017), English landowner who held Broughton Hall, in the Craven district of North Yorkshire

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Debien, Gabriel. Liste Des Engagés Pour Le Canada Au XVIIe Siècle. Vol. 6, Laval University, 1952. (Retreived 24th May 2018). Retrieved from https://lebloguedeguyperron.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/130-liste-des-contrats-dengagement-pour-la-nouvelle-france-releves-a-la-rochelle-entre-1634-et-1679/
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 2, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIR EDWARD PARRY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirEdwardParry.htm
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, August 27) Jean-Baptiste Roger. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  10. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 2) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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