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PronouncedPron.RAWJ-ər English
RAW-ZHE French
RO-gu German

Meaning & History

Means "famous spear" from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and ger "spear". The Normans brought this name to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hroðgar (the name of the Danish king in the Anglo-Saxon epic 'Beowulf'). It was a common name in England during the Middle Ages. By the 18th century it was rare, but it was revived in following years. The name was borne by the Norman lords Roger I, who conquered Sicily in the 11th century, and his son Roger II, who ruled Sicily as a king.
VariantsRodger English Rüdiger German Rogier, Rutger Dutch
DiminutiveRodge English
Other Languages & CulturesHrodger Ancient Germanic Hróarr, Hróðgeirr Ancient Scandinavian Hroðgar, Hrothgar Anglo-Saxon Ruggero, Ruggiero Italian Ruth Limburgish Rogério Portuguese


Mosaic depicting Roger II of SicilyMosaic depicting Roger II of Sicily


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute