Gender: Male Meaning of Roger: "famous warrior" Origin of Roger: German Roger's Popularity in 2019: #696

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.

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Rank in US: #696

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Famous People Named Roger

Pop Culture References for the name Roger

Rodge, Rodgy, Rogers, Rodger, Rog, Rogerick

Roger's International Variations

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


HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I love love love the name Roger. But my husband didnt. I loved it cause it sounds smart, scholarly. My best friend ended up naming her son Roger Logan. So atleast I have a roger in my life. <3

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.