Rogers / Family History
The family history of the ancient name Rogers was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Rogers is an occupational name meaning 'famous spear man' from a person who made their living as a Knight. Variants include Roger, Rogerson, Rodger and Rodgers. This is a Knightly name of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Adam filius Rogeri, Lincolnshire, a Robert filius Rogeri, Norfolk, and a Eufemia filius Rogeri, Suffolk, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Willelmus Rogerson was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of Yorkshire in 1379. A John Rodgers, born in Maryland, 1771, who was the son of a Scots Colonel of Militia, fired the first shot in the war with Great Britain in the year 1812. In Ireland this name was introduced into Ulster Province from England and Scotland during the seventeenth century.The Rogers family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Rogers descendants.