England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The surname Rodgerson is based on the Old French given name Rogier, which meant famous spear.
Early Origins of the Rodgerson family
Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland from ancient times, some say as early as the 11th century. According to Camden, the noted historian of the 16th century, this name Roger was a valiant captain who came to England, thence to Scotland from Normandy in the train of William, Duke of Normandy and was at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. This is most likely to be Roger, Earl of Hereford, who was forfeited in 1075 and moved north into Scotland after the devastation of the northland by Duke William. The name is sometimes interpreted from MacRory, or the son of Rory but it is more likely to be from Hrothgar.
Early History of the Rodgerson family
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Rodgerson Spelling Variations
hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Rodgerson were recorded, including Rogerson, Rodgerson, Rodgersone, Rogersone, Rodgeson and many more.
Early Notables of the Rodgerson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Rodgerson family to Ireland
Some of the Rodgerson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Rodgerson family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Rodgerson arrived in North America very early: James Rodgeson who settled in Virginia in 1637; Theodore and Ellin Rogerson settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard settled in New England in 1706; Jannet Rogerson settled in St. John Island in 1774.
Contemporary Notables of the name Rodgerson (post 1700)
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