Gender Masculine

Meaning & History

From Old English hroð "fame, glory" and gar "spear", making it a cognate of Hrodger (see Roger). The name became unused after the Normans introduced the continental form. In the Old English poem Beowulf this is the name of the Danish king.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesRuggiero(Carolingian Cycle) Roger(Catalan) Roger, Rogier, Rutger(Dutch) Roger, Rodge, Rodger(English) Roger(French) Roger, Rüdiger(German) Hrodger(Germanic) Rezső(Hungarian) Ruggero, Ruggiero(Italian) Ruth(Limburgish) Roar, Roger(Norwegian) Hrōþigaizaz(Old Germanic) Hróarr, Hróðgeirr(Old Norse) Rogério(Portuguese) Rogelio(Spanish) Roger(Swedish)
Same SpellingHrothgar


Sources & References

  1. Prosopography of Anglo-Saxon England, available from
Entry updated December 7, 2022