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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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?

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

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.

'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?

christopher green rodgers
Believe it or not, I am a colombian with a scottish 2nd surname "Rodgers". My great grandfather came to Colombia in the 1860´s working for the London Train Company, which ran the railroads in nothern Colombia with its main operations in Cartagena. I would like to know if anyone can help us out on knowing more about my Great Grandfather. All we know is that he was born in southern scotland and he had 5 children in Scotland with his first wife (who was german) and 4 with his second wife (Colombian) all born here.

When he passed away, since he was a foreigner and a protestant, at that time there wasnt any records as to when he entered the country or even a death certificate.

J Rodgers

From the research that I have done, I have found that the Rodgers name was absorbed into the MacRurie Clan. The Rodgers assimilated with the MacRurie and married in with them taking up their Tartan. At leased thats what I have understood!

Richard Aleri Rodgers
I can't speak for everyone with the surname, Rodgers, but my family lived in Crieff, Scotland, the foothills of the highlands. According to a Scottish antiquarian, my family lived on the River Almond and the name was originally Rodgie ( Norse for rushing water). Like so many, I assume they were originally Normans ( North Men) who came across in 1066 or thereabouts.

Robin Rodgers
I am Surinamese, a former colony of The Netherlands and I am of African descent, my ancestors were owned by Scottish slave owners, no idea how they ended up in Suriname.

K Rodgers
Are there any Rodgers out there from the Wigan area who have ancestral links with Cork and distant relatives in Scotland (Oban)?

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