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This surname has two roots. The first involves Anglo-Saxon or Germanic origins and relates to a man who was a skilled soldier or spear bearer (the original name was composed of the elements 'hrod', meaning renown, and 'gari', meaning spear). The earliest reference to the Anglo-Saxon form of the name,'Hrothgar', appears in Beowulf, the epic poem of the Dark Ages.

It later developed as an Old French personal name, and as such it was a patronymic form. It therefore became particularly popular in England after the Norman invasion of 1066. After this event, it was first recorded as 'Rogerus' in the Domesday Book of 1086, whilst the surname itself is first recorded in the mid 13th century. The majority of surnames in the UK derive from this Norman-French origin. 

The Latin versions Rogerus and Rogeri later evolved into Rogers. As for distribution of the surname, according to Henry Graham Gupp (see sources below), it was "rare or absent in England north of a line drawn from the Humber to the Mersey [and it was] Scattered over the rest of England and also Wales, but generally infrequent in the eastern counties, being by far the most numerous in the western half of its area. It is most common in Herefordshire and Shropshire, and also in Cornwall."

In Wales, historically it was mostly seen in counties and parishes that border England, including Flintshire, Montgomeryshire in particular, as well as in Monmouthshire.

It also appears in Scotland, where the variant Rodgers is also seen quite frequently. According to George F Black (see sources below), "Rodgers is the more common form with Scots. Rogers, in some parts of central Scotland, is pronounced Rodgie, and some Gaelic-speaking people in Perthshire pronounce it Rougie and sometimes Royger". 


Henry Graham Guppy, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890)

George F Black, The Surnames of Scotland and Their Origins (1946)

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Ernest Rogers born 1913 goes back to England and Ireland


I have done my DNA with Ancestry. My great grandmother arrived NewZealand in around 1866 she married in Christchurch, new zealand 1773 all we know about her is her father was John Rodger's . They were both from Feckle Couty Clare, Irealand.I have managed to find a few Dna matches for County Clare ,(Hayes ) and some more but irish records are slim. So I Decided to write all the Roger's and Rodger down in the trees that I have DNA matches with. A huge task I have around 500 maybe due to the fact that I asked to keep the 6 and 7cm that were taken out Aug last year. I have found I have 36 DNA matches to the Thomas Roger's trees of the Mayflower I assume that my connection was in the late 1500s, I also have DNa matches to the Giles Fitz Roger's, Scotland. The Donegel , ireland, Rodgers and Pattons, Then some from Somerset,Eng. The Oklahoma Roger's, Virginia Roger's, Massachusetts Roger's, Maryland Rogers. BUT I have know idea were I fit. Would appreciate your feed back. Still working on it. Cheers lyn Comish


There was a large family of Rodgers born in 44 Nth Gt Clarence St, Dublin. My mother Bridgit (Bridie) Rodgers (sometimes spelt Rogers) was the principle character in my acclaimed book 'For the love of my mother' She was born in no 44, and was brough before the courts as three year child and charged with begging. 44 Nth Gt Clarence St was demolished in the 1970s. Bridgit was never able to trace her family, I'm J.P Rodgers her son

Suzette Rogers

Hello - I am trying to locate where, when and a ship's name for how our 1st ancestor's arrival to the then English American colonies. Our first Rogers family member who traveled to the colonies was Matthew Rogers, Sr ( I think he was born abt 1714 or so). We have located an early land transaction between him and Lord Fairfax in Virginia dated June 10, 1749. Matthew purchased his land with coinage from Pennsylvania (William Penn Quakers). I am not sure if he was from Ireland or Wales but his son James was a Baptist Minister in 1785 Kentucky after the Revolutionary War. I think his father was William Rogers and his grandfather might be Jonathan Rogers. These assumptions are based on an article I located from an Irish Professor about ol

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Rogers name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Rogers story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Rogers surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Rogers story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. Many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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