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

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.

Famous People Named Roscoe

Roscoe Conkling "Fatty" Arbuckle, American silent film actor
Roscoe Conkling, U.S. Senator from New York
Roscoe Tanner, American tennis player
Roscoe Parrish, American NFL football player
Roscoe Dash (born Jeffery Johnson, Jr.), American rapper
Roscoe Lee Browne, American actor and director
Roscoe Fulton "Rocky" Carroll, American actor
Roscoe Gardner Bartlett, U.S. Congressman from Maryland
Roscoe Mitchell, American jazz saxophonist
(Nathan) Roscoe Pound, American legal scholar
Roscoe Conkling Patterson, U.S. Senator from Missouri
Roscoe Robinson, Jr., first black four-star general in the U.S.
Roscoe Shelton, American singer
Roscoe Hunter Orman, American actor
Roscoe Clyde Miller, American baseball player
Roscoe Conkling McCulloch, U.S. Congressman from Ohio
Roscoe Karns, American actor
Roscoe Holcomb, American bluegrass musician
Roscoe Henry Hillenkoetter, first director of the CIA
Flynn Roscoe Farrar (b. 2014), son of musician Sam Farrar of Phantom Planet

Pop Culture References for the name Roscoe

"Roscoe", song by American band Midlake
"Roscoe", novel by William Kennedy
Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles, popular California restaurant chain