Meaning and Name Origin
Roger \r(o)-ger\ as a boys' name is pronounced ROH-jer, RAH-jer. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Roger is "famous spearman". Popular in the Middle Ages and the 19th and 20th centuries. Rutger is a form, made familiar in modern times by actor Rutger Hauer. Actor Roger Moore; opera singer Ruggiero Raimondi.
Roger is a very prominent first name for males (#50 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#4622 out of 88799, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Roger for boys. Roger reached its peak rank of #25 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is currently at #584. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Roger and associated names. Popular related forms of Roger (#584 a year ago) ranked in the Top 1000 are Rogelio (#780 a year ago), Rogers and Rodger. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during 1940-1949 and is now much lower, with the versions Rogelio, Roger, Rogers and Rodger becoming less trendy. (2014 Birth Statistics)