"citizen of Rome"

Roman Origin and Meaning

The name Roman is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "citizen of Rome".

Roman is an ancient name trending in a major way. A surprise hit name of recent years, Roman now ranks in the Top 100 not only in the US but throughout the English-speaking world, and is rising in other European countries as well.

Roman owes much of its current popularity to celebrity and pop culture references. It's the name of the youngest son, played by Kieran Culkin, in the TV show Succession. Roman was used for their sons by Cate Blanchett, Debra Messing, and Molly Ringwald.

Well known Romans include disgraced director Polanski (born Raimund), Polish photographer Vishniac, and onetime star quarterback Gabriel. Francis Ford Coppola has a son named Roman, who is a director now himself.

Several relatives of Roman are also newly stylish, from Romy to Romilly to Romeo. Definitely a romantic name, however you use it.

The French version is Romaine -- and literary parents might appreciate the fact that 'roman' is the French word for novel.

# 66 in the US

Roman Rank in US Top 1000

# 101 on Nameberry

Roman Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Roman Popularity

Famous People Named Roman

  • Roman HarperAmerican football player
  • Roman GabrielAmerican football player
  • Roman PolanskiPolish film director
  • Roman Ford CoppolaAmerican film director
  • Roman KempBritish radio and TV presenter; son of sings Shirlie Holliman and Martin Kemp
  • Roman AtwoodAmerican comedian/youtube star
  • Roman ReignsAmerican professional wrestler
  • Roman Phylchenkov aka MrLololoshkaRussian YouTuber
  • Roman Bürkia Swiss goalkeeper
  • Roman Krause (b. 2001)son of actor Peter Krause
  • Roman Keitel (b. 2003)son of actor Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner
  • Roman Robert Upton (b. 2004)son of actress Cate Blanchett
  • Roman Walker Zelman (b. 2004)son of actress Debra Messing
  • Roman Derwig (b. 2004)son of actors Jacob Derwig and Kim van Kooten
  • Roman Peete (b. 2005)son of actors Rodney Peete & Holly Robinson Peete
  • Roman Pena (b. 2008)son of actor Michael Pena
  • Roman Stylianos Ringwald Gianopoulous (2009)son of actress Molly Ringwald
  • Roman Morelloson of guitarist Tom Morello
  • Roman Arnault (b. 2016)son of model Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault

Roman in Pop Culture

  • Roman Zazocharacter on TV's "Jane the Virgin"
  • Romanalien and main character on TV's "Star,Crossed"
  • Roman Zolanskione of rapper Nicki Minaj's alter egos
  • Roman Belliccharacter from Grand Theft Auto IV
  • Roman Bradycharacter on the American soap "Days of Our Lives"
  • Roman Craigcharacter played by Dan Akroyd in "The Great Outdoors"
  • Roman Godfreycharacter from Netflix's "Hemlock Grove"
  • Roman Grantcharacter in HBO's "Big Love"
  • Roman Pearcefrom the "Fast & Furious" series
  • Roman Sionisreal name of the Batman villain Black Mask
  • Roman Torchwickantagonist voiced by Gray Haddock in web series RWBY
  • Roman Zimojiccharacter on HBO's "True Blood"
  • Roman Armondcharacter in "The Kroll Show"
  • RomanJane's brother on TV's "Blindspot"
  • Romanthe name of Thomas Sanders personality resembling romance and creativity, "Princey"

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