Roeger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the distinguished German surname Roeger lie in the southern regions of Swabia, Bavaria, and Austria. The name is derived from the Middle High German words "reigel" or "reiger," both meaning "heron." The name was likely first bestowed on someone thought to have the characteristics of a heron as a nickname, eventually becoming a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Roeger family

The surname Roeger was first found in Bavaria, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name Rieger became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation.

Early History of the Roeger family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Roeger research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1790 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Roeger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Roeger Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Rieger, Reiger, Riegger, Reigger, Riegar, Reigar, Riger, Rigger, Ryger, Rygger, Riegler and many more.

Early Notables of the Roeger family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Roeger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Roeger migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roeger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Roeger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Roeger (post 1700) +

  • Hans Roeger (1920-2009), Bavarian Oberfeldwebel in the Wehrmacht during World War II, recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
  • Michael Roeger (b. 1988), Australian T46 athletics competitor at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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