Over half of the Rodgers family in Ireland are in Ulster, and many of the name in Ireland will be descendants of immigrant ancestors. There is evidence, however, that Rodgers was taken as an anglicization of their name by families of native Irish origin whose Irish name Mac Ruaidhri was otherwise anglicized as McRory and McCrory. Early records include Rogerus Marescalcus, listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. Willemus Rogerson was mentioned in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. The name was exceedingly common in the 13th century throughout the land, considered to be 'a knightly name'. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. This name was originally from the German personal name, composed of the elements 'hrod' (renown) and 'geri' (spear), which was introduced into England by the Normans in the form Rogier. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Surnames as we know them today were first assumed in Europe from the 11th to the 15th Century. The employment in the use of a second name was a custom that was first introduced from the Normans. They themselves had not long before adopted them. It became, in course of time, a mark of gentler blood, and it was deemed a disgrace for gentlemen to have but one single name, as the meaner sort had. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the flowing and draped garment worn over the armour.
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