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Gender: Female Meaning of Roxana: "dawn; or, little star" Origin of Roxana: Persian

The name Roxana is a girl's name of Persian origin meaning "dawn; or, little star". Roxana and is often added to lists like Space Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "British Generational CAF w/ occupations".

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The name of the wife of Alexander the Great, more attractive than the better-known Roxanne. Roxana was first used in the English-speaking world in the 1600s and was popularized by Daniel Defoe's novel Roxana, published in 1724. An underused and attractive possibility and perfect if you're searching for Baby-Names-That-Mean-New-Beginnings?all=1">names that mean new beginnings.

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Famous People Named Roxana

Roxana, Bactrian princess and wife of Alexander the Great
Roxana Tomasa Di­az Sanchez, Cuban track and field sprinter
Roxana Luca, Romanian figure skater
Roxana Zal, American actress
Roxana Saberi, Iranian-American journalist and former Miss North Dakota who was accused by Iran of espionage and imprisoned in Evin Prison for 101 days
Roxana Maracineanu, Romanian-born French backstroke swimmer
Roxana Cocos, Romanian weightlifter
Roxana Boamfa, Romanian figure skater
Roxana Barca, Romanian long-distance runner

Pop Culture References for the name Roxana

Roxana, 1724 novel by Daniel Defoe and its main character
Roxana, character in "Alexander: The Ends of the Earth" by Valerio Manfredi
Roxana Orlac, main character in "Les mains de Roxana," 2012 French film
Roxana, wife of Dustfinger in the Inkheart series
The Romance of Ricardo and Roxana, novel by Marshall Kirkman
Roxana Romance, 2008 novel by A.J. Cave
Roxana, llinois, USA


anaxor333 Says:


Thats how Persian people pronounce it (in Farsi)! :)

pixelatedinfants Says:


Cute! I love the nn Roxie! Like I love the name Roxie/Roxana. The X makes it sounds spunky

Eleri Gwenllian Says:



Eleri Gwenllian Says:


Very attractive name that has solid historic roots and works in western as well as eastern culture.

Michaela Says:


I prefer Roxana to Roxanne or Roxanna. The single N makes this name so much less "anglicized".

zuzana Says:


I also love this name with the soft 'a'. Rox-ahh-nah. I'm in love with nn Roxie

rq79 Says:


love this name but with a soft "a" sound: Rox-ah-na