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Meaningfamous 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 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. The variant 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]


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.[2][3][4] Subsequently, "to roger" became a slang verb form meaning "to have sex with/ to penetrate".

In 19th century England, Roger was slang for the cloud of toxic green gas that swept through the chlorine bleach factories periodically.[5]

The name "Hodge" is a corruption of Roger in England, where it was used as a colloquial term by townsfolk, implying a rustic.[6]


The following forenames are related to the English forename Roger:


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See also All pages beginning with "Roger de", All pages beginning with "Roger of" and All pages beginning with "Roger van" for people with these names

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  1. ^ Rosser - Welsh for Roger
  2. ^ Slang usage meaning penis from c.1650 to c.1870 - information from the Online Etymology Dictionary.
  3. ^ Vulgar slang usage meaning to have sexual intercourse (mainly by men) - Oxford Dictionary
  4. ^ wiktionary:roger
  5. ^ Sherard, Robert (1897). The White Slaves of England. 
  6. ^ Book of the British Countryside. London: Drive Publications. 1973. p. 366.