Roger is a masculine given name and a surname. The given name is derived from the Old French personal names and . These names are of Germanic origin, derived from the elements , χrōþi ("fame", "renown", "honour") and , ("spear", "lance") (Hrōþigēraz). The name was introduced into England by the Normans. In Normandy, the Frankish name had been reinforced by the Old Norse cognate . The name introduced into England replaced the Old English cognate . Roger became a very common given name during the Middle Ages. A variant form of the given name Roger that is closer to the name’s origin is Rodger.
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