The surname Rodger is of patronymic origin. The original bearer of the name was known as son of or descendant of Rodger, a diminutive of Roger. The personal name Rodger is composed of the Germanic elements hrod meaning ‘fame” and gar meaning “spear.” The name Rodger is first recorded in Cornwall in the 11th Century. In Ireland the name Rodger is primarily found in the northern province of Ulster being brought there by Scottish settlers in the 16th and 17th Centuries.
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