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Gender: M Meaning of Roger: "famous warrior" Origin of Roger: German Roger's Popularity in 2013: #558

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In the World War II era, Roger had nothing but the most positive associations, actually used by military personnel to mean 'Received and understood'--or A-OK, and though it is now on extended furlough, it does have a long and distinguished history. Introduced to England after the Norman Conquest of 1066, Roger soon became very popular there, with nicknames Hodge and Dodge, and had a long run later in the U.S, remaining in the Top 100 for 55 years. Right now it ranks at Number 558.

Roger has an impressive list of notable namesakes, both fictional and real. Roger Chillingworth is a major character in Hawthorne's classic The Scarlet Letter, and the name appears in works by Ben Jonson and Anthony Trollope. In sports, there have been Rogers Maris, Clemens, Bannister and Federer, in entertainment actor Roger Moore and Roger Daltry, lead singer of The Who.

On the dark side, there is the Jolly Roger--a pirate's black flag with skull and crossbones--which a little boy might actually love.

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Famous People Named Roger

Roger Delgado, British actor
Roger Livesey, British actor
Roger Federer, tennis player who won 17 Grand Slams (and counting)
Roger Allen III, American football player
Roger Chaffee, American astronaut
Roger Maris, American baseball player
Roger Ebert, the late, great American film critic
Roger Moore, actor
Roger Mais, Jamaican writer
Roger Taylor, drummer for the band Queen.
Roger Waters, bassist of Pink Floyd
Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who

Pop Culture References for the Name Roger

Roger, the alien from "American Dad"
Duke Roger of Conte, main antagonist in the "Song of the Lioness" quartet
Roger, Pongo's owner in "101 Dalmatians"
Roger Hamley, character in Elizabeth Gaskell's "North and South"
Roger Parslow, character in "Northern Lights"
Roger Sterling, "Mad Men" character played by John Slattery
Roger, character in "Lord of the Flies"
Roger Doofenshmirtz, character in "Phineas and Ferb"
Roger Klotz, character from animated series Doug
Roger Evans, character from sitcom Sister, Sister
Roger Moore was mentioned in Amy Winehouse's song "You Know That I'm No Good"
Roger Callaway, character in "It Takes Two"
Roger, a minor character on "Frasier"
Roger, a minor character in the Gone series by Michael Grant

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Roger's International Variations

Rogier, Rutger (Dutch) Rüdiger (German) Ruggero, Ruggiero (Italian) Roar (Norwegian) Rogerio (Portuguese)