Rogers, Rodgers, Mac Ruaidhí An English surname derived from the Old German Ro(d)ger, meaning ‘fame-spear’. The name was introduced to England by the Normans. The form Rodgers is more common in Scotland. Also the anglicisation of Mac Ruaidhrí a Gaelic surname meaning son of Ruaidhrí. A sept of the Cineál Eoghain who were chiefs of Tellach Ainbhith and Muinntear in Tyrone and erenaghs of Ballynascreen in Derry. Also the anglicisation of a galloglass family, a branch of the MacDonnells who came to Ireland in the fourteenth century. In 1890 the surname was principally to be found in Antrim, Down, Dublin and Roscommon, and the estimated number of bearers was 7,600. In the United States Rogers is the 54th most numerous surname with an estimated 338,250 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 Rogers was the 77th most numerous surname.
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