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Roman

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Roman

"Roman" is a name of English origin, and it means "From Rome, Italy". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ro"man
Senses
  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
Senses
  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
Wiktionary

From Old French Romain, from Latin Rōmānus.

  1. A male given name 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.

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

Notable Persons Named Roman

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

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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.

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Roman Abramovich is an owner of millhouse capital, owner of evraz, major shareholder of norilsk nickel, owner of chelsea f.c., millhouse capital, evraz, norilsk nickel, and chelsea f.c. Roman was given the name Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich in Saratov.

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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.

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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How popular is the baby name Roman in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1882 7 0 7
1883 10 0 10
1885 7 0 7
1886 9 0 9
1887 16 0 16
1888 14 0 14
1889 13 0 13
1890 10 0 10
1891 10 0 10
1893 9 0 9
1894 10 0 10
1895 19 0 19
1896 15 0 15
1897 19 0 19
1898 22 0 22
1899 21 0 21
1900 20 0 20
1901 18 0 18
1902 23 0 23
1903 18 0 18
1904 23 0 23
1905 31 0 31
1906 29 0 29
1907 31 0 31
1908 39 0 39
1909 33 0 33
1910 44 0 44
1911 57 0 57
1912 86 0 86
1913 134 0 134
1914 191 0 191
1915 234 0 234
1916 265 0 265
1917 256 0 256
1918 269 0 269
1919 258 0 258
1920 248 0 248
1921 257 0 257
1922 255 0 255
1923 256 0 256
1924 248 0 248
1925 223 0 223
1926 223 0 223
1927 235 0 235
1928 220 0 220
1929 187 0 187
1930 165 0 165
1931 184 0 184
1932 166 0 166
1933 130 0 130
1934 135 0 135
1935 106 0 106
1936 117 0 117
1937 87 0 87
1938 105 0 105
1939 93 0 93
1940 125 0 125
1941 99 0 99
1942 116 0 116
1943 122 0 122
1944 91 0 91
1945 91 0 91
1946 92 0 92
1947 118 0 118
1948 117 0 117
1949 145 0 145
1950 149 0 149
1951 155 0 155
1952 154 0 154
1953 184 0 184
1954 174 0 174
1955 156 0 156
1956 179 0 179
1957 166 0 166
1958 175 0 175
1959 156 0 156
1960 141 0 141
1961 151 0 151
1962 189 0 189
1963 184 0 184
1964 182 0 182
1965 185 0 185
1966 154 0 154
1967 154 0 154
1968 216 0 216
1969 248 0 248
1970 375 0 375
1971 390 0 390
1972 366 6 360
1973 364 0 364
1974 355 6 349
1975 351 0 351
1976 321 5 316
1977 298 7 291
1978 266 7 259
1979 286 0 286
1980 258 0 258
1981 286 0 286
1982 369 0 369
1983 391 5 386
1984 409 0 409
1985 369 7 362
1986 390 0 390
1987 409 5 404
1988 514 7 507
1989 583 11 572
1990 630 7 623
1991 600 0 600
1992 626 0 626
1993 663 6 657
1994 624 0 624
1995 652 5 647
1996 676 5 671
1997 738 0 738
1998 809 7 802
1999 791 5 786
2000 903 5 898
2001 983 0 983
2002 1,041 0 1,041
2003 1,042 0 1,042
2004 1,403 8 1,395
2005 1,860 0 1,860
2006 1,822 8 1,814
2007 1,894 7 1,887
2008 1,939 10 1,929
2009 1,842 6 1,836
2010 1,995 6 1,989
2011 2,471 10 2,461
2012 2,580 10 2,570
2013 2,890 12 2,878
2014 3,478 16 3,462
2015 3,902 25 3,877
2016 4,214 27 4,187 #98 boy name

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Popularity of Roman as a first name

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Popularity of Roman as a last name

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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

  • How Popular is the name Roman? Roman is the 875th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Roman was the 98th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 60,896 babies born with the first name Roman in the United States. That's more than enough people named Roman to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • 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 2016 with a total of 4,187 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roman!
  • Random Roman Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roman ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 104 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Roman: Your name in reverse order is Namor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Armon. 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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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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