R is for Roger, redux

As I’ve undoubtedly noted, the name Roger comes from the Germanic roots meaning spear bearer, specifically “famous with the spear.”

When you think of the first name Roger, who are the first people you think of? (I mean besides me, of course.) That was the question in this segment of the TV show Family Feud; I’m sorry it is incomplete.

Here’s a list of celebrities whose first names are Roger. The ones that immediately came to mind are some I mentioned three-and-a-half years ago, when I last did R is for Roger, plus these that I inexplicably left off:


Roger Clemens – in 24 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Houston Astros, he won the Cy Young as the best pitcher in his baseball league a record seven times, and pitched a perfect game in 1994. He would have been a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 except for allegations of him using performance-enhancing drugs.


Roger Federer – the tennis player from Switzerland had spent 237 consecutive, and at this writing, 302 total weeks at number 1 in the ranking and has won 17 Grand Slam singles titles. He’s considered by many to be the greatest player of all time.


Roger Staubach – in an 11-season career, all with the Dallas Cowboys, the quarterback out of the Naval Academy had a Hall of Fame career. I wasn’t much a Cowboys fan, since they were/are rivals with my New York Giants; nevertheless, I always liked him personally.


Sir Roger Moore – I’d been a fan since I watched him as Beau Maverick on the television show Maverick, then as Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint. But, of course, he’s best known as Bond, James Bond, in seven movies. See his other credits.


Roger Waters – he was a founder member of the rock band Pink Floyd, serving as bassist, vocalist, and principal songwriter. In the 1970s and 1980s, the album Dark Side of the Moon spent years on the charts; Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall were other hit albums. He has been performing The Wall all over the world without his former bandmates.


Roger B. Taney – he was the fifth Chief Justice of the United States (1836-1864), and the first Roman Catholic to sit on the Supreme Court. While he dealt with many other cases, I know him for just one: writing the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sanford (1857), that ruled that black people, who were considered inferior at the time the US Constitution was written, could not be considered citizens of the United States, whether slave or free.


Roger Williams – the theologian who left England, only to knock heads (figuratively) with the Puritans, and eventually founded the state of Rhode Island as a place of religious tolerance.


Roger Rabbit – he is the frantic, neurotic title cartoon character of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The film also starred the live human Bob Hoskins, and Roger’s animated human wife Jessica, who is not bad; she’s just drawn that way.
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My review of the late Roger Ebert’s autobiography.

ABC Wednesday – Round 12

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31 thoughts on “R is for Roger, redux

  1. Roger Moore is so well-known in my country. It started with Ivanhoe.
    I don’t like Roger Tanay.
    Why is the name Roger chosen to be used by pilots in planes?
    Anyway it’s a good name!

  2. How about Roger Bannister? He broke the speed record for the mile right here in Vancouver. Lorne was 7 years old and saw him run – then last year, when he was in London with LOCOG, he actually met the man and told him his story. It was a very exciting moment for him (Lorne)!

  3. Of course I think of you first, Roger:):) The rad librarian who always knows another word with the appropriate letter for ABC!
    Another rad one I know is Roy Fields, a musician, who looks like a lion (especially his manes). May be not that well known, but he composes his own songs, and is an interesting person with integrity.

  4. What an impressive list of “Rogers”…including yourself, of course!! The one that stand out for me is Roger Staubach since we are such football fans and I’ve always like Dallas.

  5. A great idea for R. Wish I’d thought to do all the famous Robyn’s. Might just have to look into that, but I don’t think there will be as many as their are Rogers.

  6. Roger Federer always looks as though he is effortlessly gliding across the court. Did Roger the Dodger from the Beano make it to the USA?

  7. Roger Moore is my favorite….right behind you! My mom’s side of the family is related to Stukeley Wescott, the co-founder of Rhode Island with Roger Williams.

  8. Roger…great name! My brother’s name is Roger, we used to call him Roger Dodger when we were kids. No reason, other than it rhymed, LOL!

    • A high school acting teacher once told me a filthy limerick which ended, “It was Roger the Dodger, by God!”

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