"deer forest"

Roscoe Origin and Meaning

The name Roscoe is a boy's name of Scandinavian, Norse origin meaning "deer forest".

Fairly popular a hundred years ago but out of sight now, the quirky Roscoe deserves a place on every adventurous baby-namer's long list. It joins Rufus, Roman, Remy, Romulus, and Ray as one of the R names that sound fresh again after too many years of Robert, Richard, and Ronald.

Originally a place and surname, Roscoe had its glory days in the 1880s, when it reached as high as Number 138, then gradually declined, possibly damaged by the scandals surrounding silent star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, and then the hillbilly image it acquired thanks to Sheriff Coltrane on The Dukes of Hazzard.

Roscoe has been out of the Top 1000 since 1978 but feels very much in step with the trending o-ending boy names popular now, such as Milo, Hugo, and Otto.

Trivia tidbit: The R in Edward R. Murrow stands for Roscoe; the distinguished newsman's first name was really Egbert.

# 966 in the US

Roscoe Rank in US Top 1000

# 192 on Nameberry

Roscoe Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Roscoe Popularity

Famous People Named Roscoe

  • Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" ArbuckleAmerican silent film actor
  • Roscoe ConklingU.S. Senator from New York
  • Roscoe Conkling McCullochU.S. Congressman from Ohio
  • Roscoe Conkling PattersonU.S. Senator from Missouri
  • Roscoe Conkling BruceAmerican educator
  • Roscoe TannerAmerican tennis player
  • Roscoe ParrishAmerican NFL football player
  • Roscoe Dashstage name of Jeffery Johnson, Jr., American rapper
  • Roscoe Lee BrowneAmerican actor and director
  • Roscoe Fulton "Rocky" CarrollAmerican actor
  • Roscoe Gardner BartlettU.S. Congressman from Maryland
  • Roscoe MitchellAmerican jazz saxophonist
  • (Nathan) Roscoe PoundAmerican legal scholar
  • Roscoe RobinsonJr., first black four,star general in the U.S.
  • Roscoe SheltonAmerican singer
  • Roscoe Hunter OrmanAmerican actor
  • Roscoe Clyde MillerAmerican baseball player
  • Roscoe KarnsAmerican actor
  • Roscoe HolcombAmerican bluegrass musician
  • Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetterfirst director of the CIA
  • Flynn Roscoe Farrar (b. 2014)son of musician Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet

Roscoe in Pop Culture

  • "Roscoe"song by American band Midlake
  • "Roscoe"novel by William Kennedy
  • Roscoe's House of Chicken and Wafflespopular California restaurant chain
  • Roscoename of an important car in tv series, "Teen Wolf"