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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 version of Rowan (Gaelic).

Associated with: gaelic, little, red


Roan has 1 variant: Rowen.

Roan has 2 more relations via Rowan: Rohan and Rowe.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Rodan, Ruan, ..

(female) Roanae, Rone, ..

How popular is Roan?

Roan is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#9027 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Roan for boys. Roan was first listed in 2003 and reached its apex position of #1399 in the U.S. in the year 2005, and is at #1728 currently. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roan name in U.S.

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

Popular related forms of Roan (#1728 in recent rankings) are Rowan (#239 in recent rankings), Rohan (#633) and Rowen (#787). These relations of Roan were at the height of their popularity in 2014 (usage of 0.12%). Rohan is more ubiquitous than the rest, though Rowan is now higher in the list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roan, 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, Raine, Rane, Rayne, Ren, Renne, Rian, Rien, Rion, Roane, Ron, Ronn, Roone, Royan, Rune, Ryan, Ryen, Ryne, Ryon and Ryun. Other recommended names are Boban, Bran, Cian, Conan, Coyan, Doan, Dolan, Ean, Edan, Elan, Eran, Fran, Gyan, Hogan, Ilan, Iman, Ivan, Jean, Khan, Logan, Loran, Oran, Rai, Raj, Ram, Rand, Ray, Read, Roald, Roark, Roban, Robb, Robin, Robyn, Roch, Rock, Roe, Rogan, Roland, Romain, Roman, Romano, Rome, Ronan, Ronny, Roshan, Ross, Roul, Rowl, Roydan, Shan, Stan, Tan, Twan and Xan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Roan.