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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.

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The surname Rogers was 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.

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.


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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.

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

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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.

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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 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 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 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 United States in the 20th Century


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

Rogers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • James Rogers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Rogers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • George Rogers was a soldier of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1759
  • Jeremiah Rogers, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mrs. Anne Rogers U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783


Rogers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Richard Rogers from Sheffield, England, settled at Fair Island, Newfoundland about 1800
  • Henry Rogers, who arrived in Saint Vincent in 1811
  • Catherine Rogers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Abram Rogers, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Isaac B Rogers, who arrived in Canada in 1829


Rogers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Rogers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Rogers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ann Rogers, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charlotte Rogers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Rogers, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


Rogers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Charles Rogers, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Eliza Rogers, aged 23, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Rogers, aged 11 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Rogers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
  • John Rogers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863


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  • William Pierce Rogers (1913-2001), American politician and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • David McGregor Rogers U.E. (1772-1824), American United Empire Loyalist who became a farmer and politician, Member of the 2nd Parliament of Upper Canada
  • William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (1933-2015), American film and television actor, best known for his role as Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H
  • Louise Ann Rogers (1967-1988), American Student from Olney, Maryland, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Felix Michael Rogers (1921-2014), American General in the United States Air Force and the former commander of the Air Force Logistics Command
  • Reginald O'Keith "Reggie" Rogers (1964-2013), American NFL football defensive tackle who played from 1987 to 1992
  • Quartermaster Samuel F. Rogers (1845-1905), American sailor awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean Expedition
  • General Bernard William Rogers (b. 1921), American former army chief of staff from 1976-1979 and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe 1979-1987
  • William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (1879-1935), American humorist-philosopher
  • Randolph Rogers (1825-1892), American sculptor

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  • 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.
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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 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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