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
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Podger Spelling Variations
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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Migration of the Podger family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated to America, in 1895
Podger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Charles Podger, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Bromley, in 1906
- Kathleen Podger, aged 17, who landed in America from Bromley, in 1906
Podger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- George Podger, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Podger (post 1700)
- Rachel Podger (b. 1968), English violinist, former leader of The English Concert (1997 to 2002)