Gender: Female Pronunciation: RO-an or rone Meaning of Roan: "little redhead" Origin of Roan: Variation of Rowan, Irish and Scottish

Roan Origin and Meaning

The name Roan is a girl's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "little redhead".

This variation of Rowan, which is also a color name rhyming with Joan, was given to only six baby girls last year vs. 87 boys. The Rowen version, on the other hand, was given to over 700 girls....and more than 1100 boys. And then there's Rowen, Rohan, Rohen, and so on.

While we like the sleekness of the Roan version, we'd avoid it because of pronunciation confusion. Best in this case to stick with the most widely used version of the name, which is Rowan....unless you really do mean the color, used to describe the coats of horses and other animals that are white mixed with another tone such as red or chestnut.

16 names similar to Roan

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Roan. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Roan, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Roan using our baby name generator.


- this week

Famous People Named Roan

Pop Culture References for the name Roan


liliawillow Says:


Interesting, I'd have said it's the same as Rohan or Rowan but would worry about choosing the Roan spelling option incase people mispronounced as rhyming with Joan

pam Says:


The color is one syllable, rhyming with Joan, but the name is more properly pronounced like Rowan. In the US, though, you'd get both pronunciations.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


One syllable, rhymes with Joan

CocoWhite Says:


How exactly is this name pronounced? Is it one-syllabled, like Joan, or is it pronounced with two syllables, like Rowan?