Gender: Male Meaning of Roman: "citizen of Rome" Origin of Roman: Latin Roman's Popularity in 2019: #73

Roman Origin and Meaning

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

Roman -- a surprise hit name of recent years -- owes much of its popularity to Cate Blanchett and Debra Messing, who almost simultaneously chose Roman for their sons, as Molly Ringwald did later.

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

Well known Romans include 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.

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

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Rank in US: #73

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Famous People Named Roman

Pop Culture References for the name Roman

Romochka, Romano, Roma, Romann, Romman, Rommie, Rommy, Romochka, Romy

Roman's International Variations

Romain (French) Romano (Italian) Romanus (Latin) Romanos (Greek)


Mummatobe2020 Says:


Yeh if you’re choosing the name Roman because you think It’s familiar but ‘a bit different’, then think again.
Roman is now the fastest rising name in UK and US and is *everywhere* sadly. It’s leaped over 600 places in the charts in recent years and will be top 10 in next year or so. It’s also very similar to other top 100 names and gets confusing. To the next generation this will sound like a very run of mill boring name which will date badly.

MissHenty Says:


It’s not very unique anymore it’s the fastest rising name in UK (and US too I think). I can’t move for Roman’s round here now. It’s top 50 (2018) but it jumps so much each year it will be top 10 soon. It’s just too similar to other popular names like Ronan/Rohan (which are dramatically rising) too. 3 Roman’s at my local baby group 🤣

breprih Says:


Roman hit the top 100 for 2016! ='(

paulapuddephatt Says:


Really like it

breprih Says:


Roman has a long history as a first name and is much more common outside of the US. I imagine if Chinese and Russian had long history's as first names people would name their children them as well.

breprih Says:


My son is 6 months old and his name is Roman. So far we've gotten nothing but compliments. I am worried that it's rising in popularity but I don't see anyone in my circle using the name. If we have another boy someday we are thinking of naming him Blaise.

LittleMiss79 Says:


'Roman' also means 'Novel' (as in book) in other languages such as Romanian and I think German and Russian :)

Catalan1 Says:


Love Roman (he is my eldest boy!) Roman Harvey Dash..

Roman Weinzapfel Says:


My name is Roman (with middle name James). I'm named after my great great great uncle. I love my name and get compliments on it all of the time

kiwipop Says:


I love the name Roman, it's so strong and handsome. I think many middle names would work, such as James or Gabriel. Definitely one of my name crushes along with Israel, Ezra, and Ethan.

headintheclouds Says:


Roman just sounds very handsome and upright and elegant, a name that's rich with history, yet also has a friendly, boy-next-door mass appeal. It has the feel of Dylan and Ethan, but more international and effortlessly stylish and cool. I think Roman paired with a traditional middle name like Roman James or Roman William sounds terrific as a name combo.

I really like Roman- my one small gripe with it is the fact that (as pointed out by a previous commenter) it's equivalent to Parisian, Londoner, Sicilian etc. being names, which seems weird when you think of it that way. But it's a minor thing- most of the time that doesn't really come to mind.

Zelliew Says:


I like the sound of Roman for some unknown reason - It just flows

lovepurple90 Says:


Top of my boys list. Love Roman.

Saffron_Rice Says:


I know a Roman who's name after his granddad Avrom - he's always called Romy

SapphireCitrineAquamarine Says:


Ditto! I am Latin and want a name that works both in English and Spanish. I love how its pronounced in Spanish!

Guest Says:


I don't think people think about the demonym. It just sounds cool. People name their kids Francis and Frances which has "France" in it. I know way too many girls named China. etc. etc. There's nothing wrong with Roman. I'm a big history buff and love Italy/Italian names so I would absolutely use Roman.

VendiCA Says:


If we are going to apply that logic to names, we might as well cross Adrian and Atticus of the list, because you wouldn't name him Californian or New Yorker right?

ShannonLim Says:


Probably because Roman is similar to popular names like Ronan, Roland and people just want a more unusual name with the same feel and sound.

Hydra Says:


I don't get it. You wouldn't name him Chinese or Russian, right? So why Roman? And that romance connection is a bit much......

strawberrydino Says:


I like it

dragonflynv Says:


Roman also means "novel." I might use it to honor my grandpa Orman!

brianakmartinez Says:


I really do not like how this name sounds in English. But in Spanish, I LOVE it. It's masculine & strong.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I don't get this name at all. I just personally don't like it.

MaryKathryn Says:


Okay so I thought Molly Ringwald was crazy when she named her son Roman, but since then a woman at my church has welcomed a son named Roman and it's grown on my completely! Though the sibset is sorta odd: Molly, Grace, Jacob, and Roman.

Missytee Says:


Roman James

Netta5187 Says:


I love this name! It's my top choice for a baby boy. It's strong and unique and has great cultural relevance to it.