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Germanic hrōd "fame" + gār, gēr "spear".


Proper noun

  1. A given name.


male given name


Proper noun

  1. A given name, cognate to English Roger.


Proper noun

  1. A given name, the English and French equivalent of Roar.


Proper noun

  1. A given name borrowed from English in the 19th century.

Extensive Definition

Roger is primarily a common first name of English, French, and [[Catalan language|Catalan usage, ("Rogier", "Rutger" in Dutch) from the Germanic elements hrod (fame) and ger (spear) meaning "famous with the spear". The Latin form of the name is Rogerius, as used by a few medieval figures.
The name Roger was transmitted to England by the Normans after the Norman Conquest along with other names such as William, Robert, Richard, and Hugh. It replaced its Anglo-Saxon cognate, Hroðgar.
Roger is in the Netherlands more commonly translated as "Rutger". Rogier is more likely to be used in France and in Germany.

Voice procedure

In voice procedures, "Roger" means "GUM" (got your message) in both military- and civilian aviation radio communications. This usage comes from the initial R of received: R was called Roger in then-current radio alphabets such as the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet. It is also often shortened in writing to "rgr". R is Romeo in the modern NATO phonetic alphabet; the updated phrases now in use are, for example, "I'll Romeo that" or "Romeo and Out".
Contrary to popular belief, Roger does not mean "I will comply". That distinction goes to the acronym wilco, a contraction of the phrase "will comply".


Roger is also a short version of the term Jolly Roger which refers to a black flag with white skull and crossbones, formerly used by sea pirates since as early as 1723.
From c.1650 to c.1870 Roger was slang for the word "penis" probably due to the origin of the name involving fame with a spear. Therefore "roger" became slang for "have sex with".
In 19th century England, Roger was slang for the cloud of toxic green gas that periodically swept through the chlorine bleach factories.


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Last name

Fictional characters

Fictional fictional characters

  • Roger the cabin boy. There is a persistent but untrue urban legend that one of the characters in Captain Pugwash had this sexually suggestive name.
Roger in Catalan: Roger
Roger in German: Roger
Roger in French: Roger
Roger in Icelandic: Hróðgeir
Roger in Italian: Ruggero
Roger in Dutch: Rogier
Roger in Norwegian: Roger
Roger in Polish: Roger
Roger in Portuguese: Rogério
Roger in Finnish: Roger (radioliikenne)
Roger in Swedish: Roger

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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