Roger Gender male Origin Meaning famous with the spear Roger (sometimes spelled Rodger) is primarily a common first name of Catalan, English and French 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 , as used by a few medieval figures. Rogerius
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, . The variant Hroðgar Rosser comes from a Welsh derivation of the Old Norse Rhosier meaning “renown for his sword” (or spear) and first introduced to Wales via the Norman Invasion. [1 ] Radio phraseology [edit source | edit ]
"Roger" means "I have received all of the last transmission" in both
military and civilian aviation radio communications. This usage comes from the initial R of received: R was called Roger in the radio alphabets or spelling alphabets in use by the military at the time of the invention of the radio, such as the Joint Army/Navy Phonetic Alphabet and RAF phonetic alphabet. It is also often shortened in writing to "rgr". The word Romeo is used for "R", rather than "Roger" in the modern international NATO phonetic alphabet.
Contrary to popular belief,
Roger does not mean or imply both "received" and "I will comply." That distinction goes to the contraction wilco (from, "will comply"), which is used exclusively if the speaker intends to say "received and will comply." Thus, the phrase " Roger Wilco" is both procedurally incorrect and redundant. [2 ] Slang [edit source | edit ]
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. [3 ] [4 ] Subsequently, "to roger" became a slang verb form meaning "to have sex with/ to penetrate", often particularly referring to anal sex. [5 ]
In 19th century England, Roger was slang for the cloud of toxic green gas that swept through the chlorine bleach factories periodically.
The name "Hodge" is a corruption of Roger in England, where it was used as a colloquial term by townsfolk, implying a rustic.
[7 ] Spellings [edit source | edit ]
The following forenames are related to the
English forename Roger: Catalan: Roger Dutch: Rutger or Rogier French: Roger Galician: Roxerio, Roxelio German: Rüdiger, Rutger, Ruetger, Rudgar, Ruotger, Routger, Rotger, Rötger Greek: Ρογήρος - Rogéros Hungarian: Rezső Icelandic: Hróar, Hróðgeir Italian: Ruggero, Roggero, Ruggeri, Ruggiero, Rugiero Latin: Rogerius Norwegian: Roar, Roger Polish: Roger Portuguese: Rogério Spanish: Rogelio Swedish: Roar, Roger, Rutger Welsh: Rosser, Rozier People [edit source | edit ] Only name [edit source | edit ] First name [edit source | edit ] Roger Adams, Nobel Prize chemist Roger Andrew Taylor, drummer for Duran Duran Roger Angell, baseball writer for The New Yorker Roger Avary, motion picture director Roger Bacon, English philosopher Roger Ballen, Photographer Roger Bannister, British athlete, first man to run the four minute mile Roger "Syd" Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd Roger Berrio, Colombian weightlifter Roger E. Billings (born 1948), American entrepreneur and developer of high-tech products Roger Binny, Indian cricketer Roger Joseph Boscovich, Croatian-Ragusan physicist, astronomer, mathematician, philosopher, diplomat, poet, and Jesuit Roger Boylan, American writer Roger C. Carmel, American character actor Roger A. Caras, American wildlife photographer and writer Roger Casement, Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary and British diplomat Roger Chaffee, American astronaut Roger Chan, The Bus Uncle Roger Chao, Australian explorer and mountain climber Roger Christian (songwriter), pop music lyricist Roger Clemens, a baseball player Roger Cook (journalist) Roger Corman, B-movie director and producer Roger Craig (baseball), baseball player Roger Craig (American football), American football player Roger Cram, American professor Roger Daltrey, lead singer of British rock band The Who Roger Davis (television actor), American actor Roger Delgado, British actor Roger Dobkowitz, producer and stats expert for The Price is Right Roger Donaldson, movie producer and director Roger Ebert, motion picture critic Roger M. Enoka, American neurophysiologist Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player Roger C. Field, Inventor, industrial designer Roger Galera Flores, Brazilian football (soccer) player Roger Fortin, Canadian boxer Roger Frampton, British Male Model Roger Frugardi, medieval surgeon Roger García Junyent, Spanish football (soccer) player Roger Gibbon, Trinidad and Tobago track cyclist Roger Glover, Welsh/English bassist, keyboardist, songwriter, and record producer. Roger González, Mexican singer, actor and conductor of Zapping Zone Roger Goldammer, Canadian bikebuilder Roger Goodell, Current commissionner of the NFL Roger Guerreiro, Polish football (soccer) player of Brazilian descent Roger Hodgson, Former vocalist and songwriter from Supertramp Roger Howarth, American actor Roger Ilegems, Belgian track cyclist and road bicycle racer Roger Ingram, American trumpeter, educator, and author Roger José de Noronha Silva, Brazilian football goalkeeper Roger Machado Marques, Brazilian football fullback Roger Lloyd-Pack, British actor Roger Manganelli, bass guitarist for Less Than Jake Roger Maris, baseball player Roger Mayweather, ex-boxer Roger McGuinn, singer and guitarist for The Byrds Roger Meddows-Taylor, British drummer for Queen Roger Michell, film director Roger Milla, Cameroon international footballer Roger Miller, American musician Roger Mills (athlete), English race walker 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 Penske, American Businessman Roger Tory Peterson, American ornithologist Roger Pierre (1923–2010), French actor Roger Price (comedy) (1918–1990), American humorist who created Droodles and Mad Libs Roger Price (television producer) (born 1941), English television producer Roger Price (Australian politician) (born 1945), former Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives (1984–2010) 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 Smith (executive) former Chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation and the subject of Michael Moore's documentary film . Roger & Me Roger Staubach NFL Hall of Famer, 1985 class, Dallas Cowboys, mvp Super Bowl VI Roger Sumich, New Zealand cyclist Roger Meddows-Taylor, Drummer for British rock band "Queen" Roger Troutman, also known as Roger, R&B recording artist, singer for Zapp Roger Vadim, French film director Roger Vangheluwe, former Belgian bishop, resigned following pedophilia scandal Roger Waters, English rock musician and songwriter Roger Whittaker, British singer Roger Wicker (born 1951), U.S. Senator from Mississippi Roger Williams (American pianist) Roger Williams (theologian), co-founder of Rhode Island Roger Wrightson, English cricketer Roger Zelazny, science-fiction author Last name [edit source | edit ] Fictional characters [edit source | edit ] Roger (, Roger the Alien, fictional character from American Dad!) American Dad! Roger, character in the short story "Thank You, Ma'am" by Langston Hughes Roger Sterling, co-owner of the advertising company Sterling Cooper, a character in the television series Mad Men Roger, a jolly prankster of the Burger Palace Boys from the hit 50s musical Grease Roger (, a kangaroo character from the Tekken) Tekken fighting game series, and Roger Jr., his son Roger (, a homunculus, is a character from the series Hellboy) Hellboy Roger Chillingworth, the fictional antagonist in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter Roger Davis (, musician and ex-druggie of RENT) RENT Roger Fox, a character from the comic FoxTrot Roger Healey, captain/major played by Bill Daily in the 1960's sitcom I Dream of Jeannie Roger LeClerc, a character in the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! Roger Murtaugh, cop played by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies Roger Rabbit, cartoon character from the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit Roger Ramjet, cartoon superhero Roger Smith, the main protagonist of the anime series The Big O Roger Wilco (character), the fictional protagonist of the Space Quest game series Roger, a character in the novel , Jack's lieutenant and the savage tribe's torturer/hangman Lord of the Flies Roger Danish, a minor character in , Lindsey's high school counterpart and co-winner of the Best Hair Award Arrested Development Roger the Shrubber, a character in Monty Python and the Holy Grail who sells a shrubbery to King Arthur and Sir Bedevere. Gold Roger (Gol D. Roger), 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 Roger Hoyt, the main character on the short-lived series Life with Roger Roger Walker, one of the central protagonists in the by Swallows and Amazons series Arthur Ransome Music [edit source | edit ] See also [edit source | edit ] References [edit source | edit ]