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Gender: Male Meaning of Roger: "famous warrior" Origin of Roger: German Roger's Popularity in 2017: #625

The name Roger is a boy's name of German origin meaning "famous warrior". Roger is ranked #625 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rotating Sibling Sets".

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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.

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.

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Famous People Named Roger

Roger Joseph Ebert, American film critic
Roger William Corman, American film director
Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player
(William) Roger Clemens, American baseball pitcher
Roger Thomas Staubach, American NFL football player
Roger Allen III, American NFL football player
Roger Bruce Chaffee, American astronaut
Roger Eugene Maris, American baseball player
Roger Stokoe Goodell, American NFL commissioner
(James Joseph) Roger McGuinn, American guitarist for The Byrds
Roger George Moore, English actor
Roger Mais, Jamaican writer
Roger David Casement, Irish revolutionary
Roger Meddows Taylor, drummer for English band Queen
Roger Keith "Syd" Barrett, lead singer of English band Pink Floyd
(George) Roger Waters, bassist of English band Pink Floyd
Roger Harry Daltrey, lead singer of English band The Who
Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist
Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado (Torres Castillo Roberto), British actor
Roger Livesey, British actor
Roger Aníbal Espinoza Ramírez, Honduran soccer player

Pop Culture References for the name Roger

Dr. Roger Wakefield (Mackenzie), dashing young Oxford historian in Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" books
Roger Chillingworth, character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter"
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" animated movie and it"s main character
Roger, alien on TV's "American Dad"
Duke Roger of Conte, villain in the "Song of the Lioness" series
Roger Dearly, character in Disney's "101 Dalmatians"
Roger Hamley, character in Elizabeth Gaskell's "Wives and Daughters"
Roger Parslow, character in "Northern Lights"
Roger Sterling, character on TV's "Mad Men"
Roger Murtaugh Sr. and Roger "RJ" Murtaugh Jr., characters in "Lethal Weapon"
Roger, character in William Golding's "Lord of the Flies"
Roger, character in G. A. Henty's "Both Sides the Border"
Roger Doofenshmirtz, character on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
Roger Klotz, character on animated series "Doug"
Roger Evans, character on TV's "Sister, Sister"
Roger Callaway, character in movie "It Takes Two"
Roger, character on TV's "Frasier"
Roger, character in the "Gone" series by Michael Grant
Roger Hawkshaw, main character in G. A. Henty's "By Right of Conquest"
Roger Davis, one of the main characters from "Rent"
Roger Malone, character in J.K. Rowling's "The Original Forty"
Roger, robot in "Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures"
Roger Greenberg, lead character in film "Greenberg"

Rodge, Rodgy, Rogers, Rodger, Rog, Rogerick

Roger's International Variations

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


NovaRaya Says:


If I ever have a son, there's a good chance that he would be named Roger. It's a strong classic name, it's masculine, and a cool name. I haven't met a young Roger in my life, but if I did, I would jump for joy, I just love this name.

podsolnechnik13 Says:


I am actually changing my name to Roger! I love this name so much, especially how it comes from German, since I am German.

actingfun Says:


I absolutely love the character from Rent, and I'm liking the name more and more.

Toronto87 Says:


I love this name. I know to most it sounds stodgy, but what I like about it is that it's international, dapper, and lighthearted. I think it's ready for a comeback.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I've always really liked Roger-- still do. I used to think it was spelled Rodger, though. When I was little I had memorized Roger Young and would sing it all the time.

Britt/Bratt Says:


"Go Home Roger" will forever be stuck in my head thanks to Sister, Sister.

ashbee Says:


Right? I know my friends would think I'm crazy, but I just think Roger is so cool. According to the hundred year rule, it won't sound fresh until about 2030, but I don't care.

ashbee Says:


I started seeing Roger in a new light after reading Outlander. I think it has a lot of great associations: a champion tennis player, a former Bond actor, and the list goes on.

ThistleThorn Says:


I don't care if anyone thinks this is outdated. It will probably be at least a middle name for my future kids.