Roman name meaning

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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Roman

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Roman is of Latin origin and means "Citizen of Rome".
  2. A user from Kosovo says the name Roman is of Latin origin and means "The name Roman comes from the Latin word 'romanus', which means 'of Rome'. In this initial sense, the title 'Roman' means 'a citizen of the Roman Empire', a man of Roman (or Byzantine) culture, Italian, Latin or Greek".
  3. A submission from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Roman means "From Rome".
  4. According to a user from Vermont, U.S., the name Roman is of Chinese origin and means "Lives in Rome".
  5. A user from Czech Republic says the name Roman is of Italian origin and means "Soldier from Rome - 'Roman'".
  6. 4 submissions from all over the world agree the name Roman means "Creativity".
  7. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Roman is of Russian origin and means "Romance, Love".
  8. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Roman means "Thank you".
  9. A submission from New York, U.S. says the name Roman means "A nice person".
  10. A submission from Minnesota, U.S. says the name Roman means "Strong, Powerful" and is of Latin origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ro"man
  1. Of or pertaining to Rome, or the Roman people; like or characteristic of Rome, the Roman people, or things done by Romans; as, Roman fortitude; a Roman aqueduct; Roman art.
  2. Of or pertaining to the Roman Catholic religion; professing that religion.
  3. [Print]
    1. Upright; erect; -- said of the letters or kind of type ordinarily used, as distinguished from Italic characters.
    2. Expressed in letters, not in figures, as I., IV., i., iv., etc.; -- said of numerals, as distinguished from the Arabic numerals, 1, 4, etc.

Etymology: L. Romanus, fr. Roma Rome: cf. F. romain. Cf. Romaic Romance Romantic

noun Ro"man
  1. A native, or permanent resident, of Rome; a citizen of Rome, or one upon whom certain rights and privileges of a Roman citizen were conferred.
  2. Roman type, letters, or print, collectively; -- in distinction from Italics.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A typeface used in ancient Roman inscriptions
  2. A resident of modern Rome
  3. An inhabitant of the ancient Roman Empire
  4. Of or relating to or derived from Rome (especially ancient Rome) ("Roman architecture" and "the old Roman wall")
  5. Relating to or characteristic of people of Rome ("Roman virtues", "his Roman bearing in adversity", and "a Roman nose")
  6. Of or relating to or supporting Romanism ("the Roman Catholic Church")
  7. Characteristic of the modern type that most directly represents the type used in ancient Roman inscriptions

From Old French Romain, from Latin Rōmānus.

  1. A male given name from Latin recently borrowed from continental Europe.
  2. A surname​.
  3. A native or resident of Rome.
  4. (historical) A native or resident of the Roman Empire.
  5. (law, colloquial) Used to distinguish a Roman numeral from an Arabic numeral in oral discourse.
    You will find the term defined at the end of one.
  6. (uncountable) The Roman script.
  7. (printing, countable) A single letter or character in Roman type.
  8. (dated) A Roman Catholic.

Roman was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano, Czech, Estonian, German, Nauruan, Polish, Slovak, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Roman

Notable Persons Named Roman

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns is a wrestler. Roman was born on May 25th, 1985 in Pensacola, Florida.

Roman Polanski

Roman Polanski is a film director, producer, writer, and actor. He was most prominent from 1954 to present. Roman was given the name Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański on August 18th, 1933 in Paris, France.

Roman Abramovich

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Roman Neustädter

Roman Neustädter is a soccer player for the FC Schalke 04, FSV Mainz 05, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Germany national youth football team, Germany national under-21 football team, and Germany national football team. Roman was born on February 18th, 1988 in Dnipropetrovsk.

Román González

Román was born on June 17th, 1987 in Managua, Nicaragua.

Roman Coppola

Roman Coppola is an actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, director, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1983 to present. Roman was given the name Roman Ford Coppola by his parents Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola on April 22nd, 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Roman

Notable Persons With the Last Name Roman

Carmen Carrera

Carmen was given the name Christopher Roman on April 13th, 1985 in Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Carmen is also known as Roman and Christopher.

Ruth Roman

Ruth Roman was an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1943 to 1943. Ruth was born on December 22nd, 1922 in Lynn, Massachusetts, U.S. She breathed her last breath on September 9th, 1999.

Tami Roman

Tami Roman is a celebrity, model (people), actor, television personality, model, and actress.She has had major accomplishments since 1992. Tami was given the name Tamisha Akbar on April 17th, 1970 in Mount Vernon.

Willie Colón

Willie Colón is a salsa music and bolero musician. He plays Vocals, trombone, and trumpet. He was most active from 1967 to present. Willie was given the name William Anthony Colón Román on April 28th, 1950. Willie is also known as El Malo.

Lulu Roman

Lulu Roman is a christian music musician. She has been prominent since 1969. Lulu was given the name Bertha Louise Hable on May 6th, 1946 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Greg Roman

Greg Roman is an athlete. Greg was born on August 19th, 1972 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Roman U.S.
  White 20.79% 64.26%
  African American 1.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 75.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Roman

People with the last name Roman are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Roman

  • What name lists does Roman rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Roman? Roman is the 800th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Roman was the 73rd most popular name. As a last name Roman was the 452nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Roman have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 74,573 babies born with the first name Roman in the United States. That's more than enough people named Roman to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Roman? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Roman first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Roman is Friday, January 14th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Roman born? The highest recorded use of the first name Roman was in 2019 with a total of 4,877 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roman!
  • Random Roman Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roman ranks 86th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 167 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Roman: The name spelled backwards is Namor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Anrom. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Roman? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 72,918 people with the last name Roman.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Roman? Roman was ranked as the 452nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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