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What does Roger mean?

Roger /ro-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.

Associated with: 19th century


Roger has 15 variants: Dodge, Hodge, Rodge, Rodger, Rog, Rogelio, Rogerio, Rogers, Rogiero, Rojay, Rufiger, Ruggero, Ruggiero, Rutger and Ruttger.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Radger, Rudger, ..

(female) Rogerra, Rogerre, ..

How popular is Roger?

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 (#6696 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Roger for boys. Roger reached its peak rank of #24 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is currently at #584. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roger name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Roger outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Roger and associated names. Popular related forms of Roger (#584 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rogelio (#780 via latest list), Rogers and Rodger. Usage of these relations of Roger was widespread during the years 1940-1949 (average #382) and is now much lower, with versions such as Rogers becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roger, Rodger, Rogelio, Rogers in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Roger and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Suggested similar names are Alger, Dover, Elger, Gomer, Gower, Homer, Rafer, Ranger, Regen, Regner, Rider, Rigel, Riker, River, Robers, Robert, Rodel, Rodeo, Roe, Rogan, Roley, Rome, Romeo, Ronel, Roper, Rorey, Rover, Rowe, Rowen, Royer, Rozen, Ryder, Ryker, Seger, Teger, Tiger, Torger and Tower. These names tend to be less frequently used than Roger.