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The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Rogers family have grown. The name Rogers was given to a member of the family who was a fame-spear or one who was a skilled soldier. The surname Rogers 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 Rogers 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.

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The surname Rogers 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.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Rogers family name include Rogers, Roger, Rodger, Rodgers and others.


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

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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 Rogers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Rogers 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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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Rogers surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Rogers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Bryan Rogers, who landed in Virginia in 1621
  • Ellener Rogers, aged 19, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • James Rogers settled in New London Conn. in 1635 from the Cornwall branch
  • Nathaniel Rogers who settled in Boston in 1636 from the Devonshire branch
  • Ellin Rogers, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
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Rogers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Zachariah Rogers settled in Boston in 1712
  • John Rogers settled in Boston in 1712
  • Sam Rogers settled in Boston in 1716
  • Demetrius Rogers, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Jacob Rogers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1751
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Rogers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Rogers, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Barney Rogers, aged 45, landed in Delaware in 1812
  • Eleanor Rogers, aged 30, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Hugh Rogers, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Francis Rogers, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818
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Rogers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Ernest Rogers, who arrived in Colorado in 1903
  • Ernest George Rogers, who landed in Alabama in 1922

Rogers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Rogers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Rogers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • George Rogers was a soldier of St. John's, Newfoundland in 1759
  • Jeremiah Rogers, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778
  • Mrs. Anne Rogers U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Rogers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Rogers from Sheffield, England, settled at Fair Island, Newfoundland about 1800
  • Henry Rogers, who arrived in Saint Vincent in 1811
  • Catherine Rogers, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Abram Rogers, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Isaac B Rogers, who arrived in Canada in 1829
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Rogers Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Rogers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Rogers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ann Rogers, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Charlotte Rogers, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Rogers, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Rogers Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Rogers, aged 25, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Eliza Rogers, aged 23, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Ann Rogers, aged 11 months, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • William Rogers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "African" in 1860
  • John Rogers arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
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  • Roy Rogers (1911-1998), born Leonard Franklin Slye, an American singer and cowboy actor who appeared in over 100 films, known as the "King of the Cowboys;" he appeared with his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger
  • William Pierce Rogers (1913-2001), American politician and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • David McGregor Rogers U.E. (1772-1824), American United Empire Loyalist who became a farmer and politician, Member of the 2nd Parliament of Upper Canada
  • William Wayne McMillan Rogers III (1933-2015), American film and television actor, best known for his role as Captain "Trapper" John McIntyre in the CBS television series, M*A*S*H
  • Felix Michael Rogers (1921-2014), American General in the United States Air Force and the former commander of the Air Force Logistics Command
  • Reginald O'Keith "Reggie" Rogers (1964-2013), American NFL football defensive tackle who played from 1987 to 1992
  • Quartermaster Samuel F. Rogers (1845-1905), American sailor awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean Expedition
  • General Bernard William Rogers (b. 1921), American former army chief of staff from 1976-1979 and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe 1979-1987
  • William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers (1879-1935), American humorist-philosopher
  • Randolph Rogers (1825-1892), American sculptor
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Rogers Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Edwin Benjamin  Rogers (1898-1917), English 1st Class Stoker aboard the HMS Highflyer from London, England, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Ralph Carey Rogers (1909-1941), Australian Signalman from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Charles Allan Rogers (1911-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Erskineville, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. W Rogers, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. J Rogers, British Yeo of the Sigs, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Rogers, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Rogers, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was listed as missing and presumed killed during the evacuation of Singapore 1942

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Albert Rogers, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Charles S Rogers, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Louise Ann Rogers (1967-1988), American Student from Olney, Maryland, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Percy William Rogers, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in either lift boat 14 then collapsible
  • Mr. Frank Albert Rogers, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Agnes Rogers, Canadian 1st Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Miss Elizabeth Rogers, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on life boat 7 it is believed then a collapsible
  • Mr. Richard James Rogers, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Edward James William Rogers (d. 1912), aged 32, English Assistant Storekeeper from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Mr. Michael Rogers (d. 1912), aged 27, English Saloon Steward from Winchester, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William John Rogers (d. 1912), aged 29, Welsh Third Class passenger from Pontardawe, West Glamorgan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Reginald Harry Rogers (d. 1912), aged 18, English Second Class passenger from Tavistock, Devon who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • 1699-Rogers-1991: Descendants and Ancestors by Marie Rogers Sittler.
  • Ancestors of Reeks and Rogers, Christchurch, Dorset by Lindsay S. Reeks.
  • Branching Out from Stephen Graves by Jessie Wagner Graves.
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
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  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Rogers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Rogers 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.

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