Last name: Rodgers

This famous Scottish name is of Old Germanic origin, from the Old German personal name "Roger, Rodger", composed of the elements "hrod", renown, fame, with "geri, gari", spear. The personal name was introduced into England by the Normans after the Conquest of 1066 in the forms "Roger" and "Rogier", it is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 in the Latin forms "Rogerius" and "Rogerus". A number of surnames were developed from the personal name, including the "pet" forms Hodge and Dodge, and the patronymics Rogers(on) and Rodgers(on), the latter form being the one found most often in Scotland. Among the early recordings of the name in Scotland is the marriage of David Rodgers and Janet Symsoun in August 1616, in Edinburgh. An interesting namebearer was one John Rodgers, born in Maryland in 1771, the son of a Scottish colonel of Militia, who fired the first shot in the war with Great Britain in 1812. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Henry Rogeres, which was dated 1327, in the "Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Seax
'Famous old Scottish name' that's Germanic and was introduced by the Normans? Give me a break will you. Scottish historians claim anything that isn't nailed down, as is well known and as even David Hume warned against, but there's no need to pander to them. It's nonsense like this that permits other, similarly outlandish fantasies, an example of which would be the 'Scots-irish' identity, that invention of lying scottish and American academics designed to write the English out of the historical narrative once again [England settled and ran most of Lowland Scotland from about the 7th century; when James the Usurper mounted the English throne and cleared the border regions he transplanted people of overwhelmingly English descent on both sides of it]. I suppose Joyce, Wilde, Beckett, Yeats and such like are famous old irish names just because English-descended irish writers of renown happen to bear them?

M Rodgers
Apparently its ok to refer to Irish people as IRA scum on this website but not ok to point out the more likely origin of surnames that come from Ireland. The above stated origin of the surname Rodgers is not the only one. In fact, Rodgers, as opposed to Rogers, is far more likely to be of Irish origin than Scottish or English. Rodgers is the anglicisation of the Irish Gaelic surname Mac Ruairí and that is the origin of the vast majority of Rodgers surnames in Ireland.

JR
Correct. My gggf was Perter MacRory (alt. MacCrory) from County Tyrone, Ireland who anglicized his name to Rodgers to be accepted as a boilermaker apprentice in a British shipyard during the industrial revolution. His immigration papers show his profession as "engineer." The family settled in and around Philadelphia, PA. This Rodgers clan was staunch Irish Catholic.

Tatum Nicole Rodgers
I am from South Africa, any idea how Rodgers came over to Africa??

maiden name Rodgers
My maiden name is Rodgers, which I received from my grandfather who was born in the Bahamas. does anyone know how a Scottish surname ended up in the Bahamas?

Bruce Rodgers
It depends on whether your forebears were natives of the Bahamas or not.

Shannon McCardle Rodgers
Ok so I married into the Rodgers and I am from a very Irish bloodline and I was wondering....how to find out if my inlaws on my husbands fathers side come from Scotland or England...my mother in law is of the Sutherland family from Scotland. Can anyone point me in the right direction to answer this question?

JR
The Irish line were anglicized versions of MacCrory (alt. MacRory and many other variants) who were from the North of Ireland, mainly County Tyrone.

Robert R Rodgers
The Rodgers, in my direct ancestry line, came from Scotland to New Jersey, fought in the American Revolution then migrated to Warren County Kentucky. When we traveled to Scotland and Ireland, I found that the Rodgers fall under an area Tartan, "Angus", where I had kilts made in Edinburgh.

RobbieAnn Rodgers Montgomery
I thought the Rodgers were part of Clan Campbell.

Justin Rodgers
I'm getting married and looking to wear a kilt for the wedding. I have been looking for the family tartan but can't find it any where. Any suggestions?

matthew rodgers
There are many Rodgers in Kentucky, I know they were furr trappers, later farmers, army men, buisness men and athletes

Mark Rodgers
true this side of the family moved back to scotland to work in the ship yards of govan then the iron foundries near falkirk the name Rodgers will not be associated with IRA scum

Confused Woman
I just found out that my last name "Rodgers" used to be "O'Rodgers" but I cannot find that surname! Does anyone know of this name in history?

MacRodgers with Cheese
O and Mac are interchangable, if what "A. Man" says is correct then MacRuairi may be the root

A. Man
I have never heard of the surname "O'Rodgers" maybe the "O" part is a middle initial rather than part of the surname. O and Mac mean the same thing but they are not interchangeable, ie a surname with "O" in front of it cannot automatically be replaced with a "Mac". If you are from Ireland or your ancestry is from Ireland then your name is probably derived from "MacRuairi" though it could also be derived from the "Rodgers" of Scottish planters.

JSR
I have been told this as well. The O was dropped because it was too Irish and no one could find work......

David Rogers
Probably from the Irish O'Ridah (or variants) which evolved into Rogers (Generally Rogers spelt with a d is of Irish descent.

Mike Rodgers
Hrodgeirr is a name of norse origin meaning famous spear. I believe it appears as a character in one of the norse sagas. As the norse settled around Scotland, Ireland and the east coast of England these areas have a higher proportion of the modern spelling Rodgers. Rogers on the other hand is derived from norman french as in belonging to Roger. Mac and O' have doubtless been added over the years as the name was absorbed locally in Scotland and Ireland. Abroad the various versions of the name must have spread by trade or settlement of immigrants + some slaves took or were given the names of their masters.