EtymologyGermanic hrōd "fame" + gār, gēr "spear".
- Rhymes: -ɒdʒə(r)
- A given name.
- A given name, cognate to English Roger.
- A given name, the English and French equivalent of Roar.
- A given name borrowed from English in the 19th century.
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 procedureIn 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".
SlangRoger 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.
- Roger Adams, Nobel Prize chemist
- Roger Angell, baseball writer for The New Yorker
- Roger Avary, motion picture director
- Roger Bacon
- Roger Bannister, first man to run the four minute mile
- Roger "Syd" Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd
- Roger C. Carmel, American character actor
- Roger Casement, Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary, and British Diplomat
- Roger Chan, the Bus uncle
- Roger Christian, pop music lyricist
- Roger Clemens, baseball player
- Roger Corman, B-movie director and producer
- Roger Craig, baseball player and Roger Craig, American football player
- Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who
- Roger Danuarta, Indonesian actor
- Roger Davis, American actor
- Roger Delgado, British actor
- Roger Dobkowitz, a Price of Right producer and stats expert.
- Roger Donaldson, movie producer and director
- Roger Ebert, motion picture critic
- Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player
- Roger Galera Flores, Brazilian football (soccer) player
- Roger Fortin, Canadian boxer
- Roger Frugardi, medieval surgeon
- Roger García Junyent, Spanish football (soccer) player
- Roger Gibbon, Trinidad and Tobago track cyclist
- Roger Goodell, Current commissionner of the NFL
- Roger Guerreiro, Polish football (soccer) player of Brazilian descent
- Roger Ilegems, Belgian track cyclist and road bicycle racer
- Roger Manganelli, bass guitarist for Less Than Jake
- Roger Maris, baseball player
- Roger Mayweather, ex-boxer
- Roger Meddows-Taylor, drummer for Queen
- Roger Lee Mendoza, noted pension economist and scholar
- Roger Michell, film director
- Roger Milla, Cameroon international footballer
- Roger Miller, American musician
- Roger Moore, English actor most famous for his role as James Bond
- Roger E. Mosley, American actor
- Roger Mudd, TV journalist
- Roger Penrose, English mathematical physicist
- Roger Rose II,basketball player
- Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist
- Roger Toussaint, transit worker's union official
- Frère Roger, baptised Roger Louis Schutz-Marsauche, initiator of the Taizé Community
- Roger Rees, British actor
- Roger Sessions, American Music Composer
- Roger Sheaffe, British general in the War of 1812
- Roger Sherman, American revolutionary, signer of many famous documents, inventor of congressional system
- Roger Smith, American actor
- Roger Sumich, New Zealand cyclist
- Roger Troutman, American R&B artist
- Roger Vadim, French film director
- Roger Waters, English rock musician and songwriter
- Roger Whittaker, British singer
- Roger Williams (theologian), co-founder of Rhode Island
- Roger Zelazny, science-fiction author
- Roger, a kangaroo character from the Tekken fighting game series, and Roger Jr., his son.
- Roger, a homunculus, is a character from the series Hellboy
- Roger the Alien, fictional character from American Dad!
- Roger Chillingworth, the fictional antagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter
- Roger Davis, musician and ex-druggie of RENT
- Roger Fox, a character from the comic FoxTrot
- Roger Murtaugh, cop played by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies
- Roger Rabbit, main cartoon character of the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit
- Roger Ramjet, cartoon superhero
- Roger Wilco, the fictional protagonist of the Space Quest game series
- Roger, a character in the novel Lord of the Flies, Jack's lieutenant and the savage tribe's torturer/hangman
- Roger Danish, a minor character in Arrested Development, Lindsey's high school counterpart and co-winner of the BEst Hair Award.
- Roger the Shrubber, a character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who sells a shrubbery to King Arthur and Sir Bedevere.
- Gol D. Roger, or Gold Roger was the Pirate King in the manga/anime-series One Piece.
- Roger Klotz, a bully on the cartoon series Doug
- Roger the Dodger, a character from The Beano who went out of his way to avoid doing chores
Fictional fictional characters
- being used as a slang meaning for penis from c.1650 to c.1870 - information from the Online Etymology Dictionary.
- Also used as vulgar slang meaning to have sexual intercourse (mainly by men). - Oxford Dictionary
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
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