Roan - boys name

Roan name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 83%

Roan name meaning:

The name Roan is of Irish origin and has multiple meanings depending on the context. As a given name for a boy, Roan is derived from the Gaelic word "rúadhán," meaning "little red-headed one." This suggests that the name Roan may have been used historically to describe a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion. It is often associated with individuals who possess characteristics such as passion, energy, and a fiery temperament.

Roan can also refer to a type of coat color found in horses, specifically a mix of red and black or brown hairs. In this context, the name Roan may symbolize strength, endurance, and beauty. The term "roan" is derived from the Old French word "rouan," meaning "reddish-brown," further emphasizing the connection to the color red.

Overall, the name Roan carries connotations of warmth, vitality, and uniqueness. It is a name that reflects both physical attributes and personality traits, and it can be seen as a homage to Irish heritage or a nod to the beauty found in nature.

Origin: English

From the rowan tree.

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Overall UK ranking: 825 out of 4789

38 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (353)

Historical popularity of Roan

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