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The Welsh name Podger is a patronymic surname created from the Welsh personal name Roger. The surname Podger was originally ap-Roger: the distinctive Welsh patronymic prefix "ap," means "son of," but the prefix has been assimilated into the surname over the course of time.

Early Origins of the Podger family

The surname Podger was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Podger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Podger research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1621 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Podger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Podger 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 Podger has occasionally been spelled Proger, Progers, Prodger and others.

Early Notables of the Podger family (pre 1700)

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United States Podger 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 Podger:

Podger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lewis Podger, aged 30, who immigrated to America, in 1895
Podger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Charles Podger, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Bromley, in 1906
  • Kathleen Podger, aged 17, who landed in America from Bromley, in 1906

Australia Podger migration to Australia +

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

Podger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Podger, (b. 1809), aged 30, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Canton" on 20th September 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • George Podger, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Podger (post 1700) +

  • Rachel Podger (b. 1968), English violinist, former leader of The English Concert (1997 to 2002)

  1. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  2. South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved on Facebook