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The name Rodger has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a fame-spear or one who was a skilled soldier. The surname Rodger 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 Rodger 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.

Rodger Early Origins



The surname Rodger 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.

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Rodger Spelling Variations


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Rodger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Rodger have been found, including Rogers, Roger, Rodger, Rodgers and others.

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Rodger Early History


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Rodger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Rodger 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 Rodger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rodger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Rodger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Richard Rogers (c.1550-1618), an English clergyman, a nonconformist under both Elizabeth I and James I; Henry Rogers (1583-1658), an English Anglican priest and writer, attended Jesus College, Oxford (1602) at the age of eighteen; Nathaniel Rogers (1598-1655), an English clergyman and early New England pastor...

Another 77 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Rodger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Rodger In Ireland


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Rodger In Ireland



Some of the Rodger 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Rodger, or a variant listed above:

Rodger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Rodger, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1833
  • James Rodger, aged 50, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1847
  • R Rodger, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

Rodger Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Rodger, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Joseph Soames"
  • Isabella Rodger, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Rodger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Rodger (post 1700)



  • Ronald A. Rodger, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • P. T. Rodger, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Londonderry, 1888-1905
  • James G. Rodger, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 9th District, 1896
  • Clark W. Rodger, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • Graham Rodger (b. 1967), Scottish-born English former professional footballer and football manager
  • Professor Nicholas Andrew Martin Rodger FBA (b. 1949), English historian and educator, Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford
  • Patrick Campbell Rodger (1920-2002), Anglican bishop and ecumenist, Bishop of Manchester (19701978) and Bishop of Oxford (19781986)
  • Stanley Joseph "Stan" Rodger CMG (b. 1940), New Zealand Labour Party politician
  • Dave Rodger (1955-1976), New Zealand bronze medalist rower at the 1976 Summer Olympics
  • Jim Rodger (b. 1933), Scottish former footballer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



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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Rodger Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 2 November 2015 at 11:51.

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