Roan is an uncommon unisex baby name. In Gaelic, Roan means “red-haired.” In Frisian it means “raven.” Roan is a less common spelling variant of Rowan which has been rising in popularity in the last few decades.
Meaning and Origin of the name Roan:
Roan is a gender-neutral name of Irish and Scottish origin meaning “red-haired” or “little red one.” Roan is also of Frisian origin and it means “raven.”
Roan is a spelling variant of Rowan. Rowan comes from the Irish surname Ó Ruadháin, which is derived from the Gaelic word ruadh (meaning “red-haired” or “rusty”). Rowan may have been in reference to the Rowan tree, which has red berries and is native to the Northern Hemisphere. This means Roan may mean “red-haired” or “little red one.” Roan is also a Frisian given name meaning “raven” and comes from the Germanic element hraban (meaning “raven”).
Symbolism of the name Roan:
The Rowan tree is known in Celtic Mythology as the tree of life. It symbolizes courage, wisdom, and protection. Ravens are a member of the corvid family of birds. Ravens are symbols of death to many cultures worldwide but also of knowledge, messages from afar, and war.
Nicknames for the name Roan:
Roan is a less common spelling variation of the name Rowan and is a great name for both boys and girls. We gathered nicknames for Roan in the list below to help you find the perfect nickname for your baby. There are several options along with some different spelling variations.
Style of the name Roan:
Gender of the name Roan:
Roan is a great name for both boys and girls.
Pronunciation of the name Roan:
Number of syllables in the name Roan:
One or two, depending on pronunciation
Emotion evoked from the name Roan:
Roan evokes feelings of hard work and dependability.
Alternative spellings for the name Roan:
Popularity of the name Roan:
According to the Social Security Administration, Roan is an uncommon unisex baby name. Roan has never appeared in the top 1000 baby names.
Related names for the name Roan:
Great middle names for the name Roan and their meanings:
- Aurelia (golden one)
- Cassia (cinnamon)
- Bryony (to sprout)
- Catriona (pure)
Famous people with the name Roan:
- Roan Carneiro (Brazilian mixed martial artist)
- Roan Bronstein (son of actress Sharon Stone and Phil Bronstein)
- Roan Cassidy (son of actor Shaun Cassidy)
- Roan McKay (son of actress Erin Chambers)
- LevonGreen Thurman Hawke (son of actress Uma Thurman and actor Ethan Hawke)
Roan in popular culture:
- Roan Fel (literature, “Star Wars Legends” series)
- King Roan of Azgeda (television, “The 100”)
- “The Secret of Roan Inish” (1994 film)
- Roan Novachez (video game, “Jedi Academy”)
- Roan (television, “Nikita”)
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