Humanities › History & Culture Rogers: Surname Meaning and Family History Share Flipboard Email Print De Agostini/M. Carrieri/De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated May 06, 2019 Rogers is a patronymic surname derived from the given name Roger, and meaning "son of Roger." The given name Roger means "famous spear," derived from the Germanic elements hrod, meaning "fame" and ger, or "spear." Rogers is also possibly a modern form of the ancient Irish name "O'Ruadhraigh." Rogers is the 61st most popular surname in the United States and the 77th most common surname in England. Surname Origin: English Alternate Surname Spellings: ROGER, RODGERS, ROGERSON, RODGERSON, ROGARS Famous People With the Rogers Surname Fred Rogers - host of the public television show, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran on PBS from 1968 to 2001Kenny Rogers - American award-winning singer/songwriterRoy Rogers - American actor and singerWill Rogers - American humorist, actor and authorCarl Rogers - American psychologist; one of the founding fathers of psychotherapy research Where Is the ROGERS Surname Most Common? The Rogers surname is the 946th most common last name in the world, according to surname distribution information from Forebears. It is most prevalent in the United States, where it ranks 58th, but is also a common surname in Wales, Australia, and England. WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates the Rogers surname is fairly common in Wales, particularly in the Wrexham region, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and the North East region of Ireland. Within the United States, Rogers is most popular in the southeast, particularly in South Carolina and Arkansas, as well as in the New England state of Vermont. Genealogy Resources for the Surname Rogers Rogers Family Crest - It's Not What You ThinkContrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Rogers family crest or coat of arms for the Rogers surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted. Genealogy ForumThis free message board is focused on descendants of Rogers ancestors around the world. Search the forum for posts about your Rogers ancestors, or join the forum and post your own queries. FamilySearch - GenealogyExplore over 7.6 million results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Rogers surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. GeneaNet - RecordsGeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Rogers surname with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries. Ancestry.com: SurnameExplore over 13 million digitized records and database entries, including census records, passenger lists, military records, land deeds, probates, wills, and other records for the Rogers surname on the subscription-based website, Ancestry.com. ----------------------- References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998. Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003. Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989. Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003. Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997. Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.