"famous warrior"

Roger Origin and Meaning

The name Roger is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous warrior".

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.

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. And of course, many of us remember Roger Ramjet from our childhoods.

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.

# 759 in the US

Roger Rank in US Top 1000

# 672 on Nameberry

Roger Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Roger Popularity

Famous People Named Roger

  • Roger Meddows Taylordrummer and singer for the band Queen
  • Roger ShermanAmerican statesman and a Founding Father of the United States
  • Roger Keith "Syd" Barrettlead singer of English band Pink Floyd
  • (George) Roger Watersbassist of English band Pink Floyd
  • Roger George MooreEnglish actor
  • Roger Bruce ChaffeeAmerican astronaut
  • Roger Joseph EbertAmerican film critic
  • Roger William CormanAmerican film director
  • Roger FedererSwiss tennis player
  • (William) Roger ClemensAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Roger Thomas StaubachAmerican NFL football player
  • Roger Allen IIIAmerican NFL football player
  • Roger Eugene MarisAmerican baseball player
  • Roger Stokoe GoodellAmerican NFL commissioner
  • (James Joseph) Roger McGuinnAmerican guitarist for The Byrds
  • Roger MaisJamaican writer
  • Roger David CasementIrish revolutionary
  • Roger Harry Daltreylead singer of English band The Who
  • Roger Tory PetersonAmerican ornithologist
  • Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado (Torres Castillo Roberto)British actor
  • Roger LiveseyBritish actor
  • Roger Aníbal Espinoza RamírezHonduran soccer player

Roger in Pop Culture

  • Dr. Roger Wakefield (Mackenzie)dashing young Oxford historian in Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" books
  • Roger Chillingworthcharacter in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"
  • "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" animated movie and it"s main character
  • Rogeralien on TV's "American Dad"
  • Duke Roger of Contevillain in the "Song of the Lioness" series
  • Roger Dearlycharacter in Disney's "101 Dalmatians"
  • Roger Hamleycharacter in Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives and Daughters"
  • Roger Parslowcharacter in "Northern Lights"
  • Roger Sterlingcharacter on TV's "Mad Men"
  • Roger Murtaugh Sr. and Roger "RJ" Murtaugh Jr.characters in "Lethal Weapon"
  • Rogercharacter in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"
  • Rogercharacter in G. A. Henty's "Both Sides the Border"
  • Roger Doofenshmirtzcharacter on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
  • Roger Klotzcharacter on animated series "Doug"
  • Roger Evanscharacter on TV's "Sister, Sister"
  • Roger Callawaycharacter in movie "It Takes Two"
  • Rogercharacter on TV's "Frasier"
  • Rogercharacter in the "Gone" series by Michael Grant
  • Roger Hawkshawmain character in G. A. Henty's "By Right of Conquest"
  • Roger Davisone of the main characters from "Rent"
  • Roger Malonecharacter in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
  • Rogerrobot in "Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures"
  • Roger Greenberglead character in film "Greenberg"