Gender: Male Meaning of Roscoe: "deer forest" Origin of Roscoe: Norse

Roscoe Origin and Meaning

The name Roscoe is a boy's name of 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.

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

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kacl Says:


I have a 4 year old Roscoe and he is definitely a rascal

Scorpio Says:


I have a cat named Roscoe, so I can't really see this on a person...

letmein Says:


This name sounds like rascal to me.

Car_722 Says:


This is my parakeet's name <3

xhart Says:


This name has a distinctly pet feel to it. I hear it and I picture a dog. I can't imagine it on a child, or on an adult. Though Nameberry suggests it every chance it gets it's a name better left for non humans.

EW314 Says:


Definitely has a hipster feel, but I like it a lot. I like that it's an on-trend o-ending name without really being an o-ending name at all. It would fit right in with the vintage and surnamey names trending at the moment too, though without feeling trendy or overdone itself.

This is an "I wish I'd thought of that first!" kind of name for sure.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I have chicken named Rosco (no e), so, although I don't really dislike it, I don't think I'd use it on a person. It also makes me think of Tabasco sauce for some reason.

headintheclouds Says:


I find Roscoe to be a hipster vintage effortlessly cool sort of name. Problem is, due to a friend's pet dog Roscoe, I can only think of it as a pet name! Roscoe is great though, a more unique alternative preppy-surname.

Catastroffy Says:


Absolutely charming.

LadyVanRaven Says:


This is my great grandfather's name! I know it may seem a bit eccentric but I think it is charming, strong and would age really well.