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What does Roan mean?

Roan \roan\ as a boys' name is of Gaelic derivation, and the meaning of Roan is "little red-head". Roan is a derivative of Rowan (Gaelic): also the name of a flowering tree with red berries. Unusual as a boys' name.


Roan has 1 variant: Rowen.

Roan has 2 more related variations via Rowan: Rohan and Rowe.


Roan is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#9642 out of 88799, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Popular related forms of Roan (#unlisted) are Rowan (#239 in 2014), Rohan (#633) and Rowen (#787). These boy names are at the height of their popularity today. Rowen (#787), Rowan (#239) and Rohan (#633) are three of the more contemporarily stylish birth names here. Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Roan and associated names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rohan, Rowan, Rowen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Roan and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Roan is pronounced similarly to Rain, Rane, Ren, Rian, Rien, Rion, Roane, Ron, Ronn, Roone, Royan, Ryan, Ryen, Ryon and Ryun. Other recommended similar baby names are Doan, Ram, Roban, Rogan, Roman, Rome, Ronan and Ronny. These names tend to be more commonly used than Roan.