Of Germanic origin.
Used as a given name and as a surname.
Roger derives from two Germanic word elements.
From the element “hrod” or “hruod”, that means “fame” and from the element “ger”, that means spear.
Sources mention first record of the name, in the form of “Hroðgar”, meaning glorious spear bearer, in the epic poem “Beowulf”.
The name was brought to England by the Normans.
Alternative forms of the name are: Rodger, Rogier, Rutger, Ruggero, Rogério, Rüdiger, Rosser, Roar, Rodge, Rogelio.
A famous use of the name is “Jolly Roger”, which is traditional English name for the black and white flag, with the skull and crossbones, of pirate ships.
Famous bearers are: Roger Federer, Roger Waters, Roger Vadim, Roger Moore, Roger Daltrey, Roger Bacon, Roger Chao, Roger Hodgson, Roger McGuinn, Roger Taylor, Roger Glover, Roger Clemens, Roger Bowen.
Roger Federer is one of the many bearers of the name that topped in their profession.
The Swiss tennis player is considered by players, journalists and commentators as the greatest tennis player of all time.
He won 17 Grand Slam singles titles and has a record of remaining for 302 weeks in the #1 of the world tennis rankings.
He is #16 in the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid celebrities for 2015.
He established the “Roger Federer Foundation” in order to provide grants to young people from poor countries, for education and sports. So far, the foundation has benefited 215,000 children.