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

The name Roan is a girl's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "little redhead". Roan and is often added to lists like Unique Baby Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boy and girl makeover with middles".

From the experts:

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Roan

Roan, character in the TV series "Nikita"
"The Secret of Roan Inish," 1994 American/Irish independent film


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?