Roman Name Meaning

A strong pick with a romantic side, Roman has slowly ascended the charts over the years. He’s captured parents’ hearts with his power and prestige yet remains a relatable pick that’s not too grand on a little guy.

Roman’s recent popularity has no doubt been influenced by Hollywood, as he’s a popular celebrity baby name pick. Some of the little Romans in the world hail from Molly Ringwald, Cate Blanchett, and Ne-Yo. He’s not as out there as other celebrity picks may be, suitable for life outside the spotlight as well.

Roman fits in several of today’s hottest trends since he’s both a place name and a word name. Like Christian, he’s also a title, describing a person from Rome. In general, most of today’s top picks for boys are two-syllable finds with a N ending. Roman works within this trend well, yet feels distinct from most of its followers.

While he is no doubt strong in sound, Roman can be softened with the use of a nickname should you choose. Rome and Romy are simply adorable if you ask us, giving the name an added bit of depth and character. If you’re looking for something with a little more oomph, check out Roman’s variants of Romano and Romeo.

Infographic of Roman name meaning, which is Meaning one from Rome, Roman is a Latin name.
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Roman Name Popularity

How popular is the name Roman? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 414 14 0.004%
1911 407 19 0.0051%
1912 395 54 0.0107%
1913 344 106 0.0187%
1914 341 147 0.0211%
1915 348 193 0.0212%
1916 335 217 0.0225%
1917 345 219 0.0219%
1918 345 235 0.0219%
1919 363 207 0.0198%
1920 385 204 0.0183%
1921 383 215 0.0188%
1922 376 216 0.0194%
1923 375 216 0.0193%
1924 389 206 0.0177%
1925 393 196 0.0173%
1926 418 170 0.0155%
1927 394 191 0.0173%
1928 403 182 0.017%
1929 430 148 0.0143%
1930 461 128 0.0123%
1931 426 139 0.0141%
1932 441 127 0.0129%
1933 493 94 0.0101%
1934 505 94 0.0097%
1935 598 59 0.0061%
1936 579 64 0.0066%
1937 617 55 0.0056%
1938 582 66 0.0064%
1939 569 68 0.0067%
1940 543 78 0.0073%
1941 651 50 0.0044%
1942 590 72 0.0057%
1943 573 79 0.0061%
1944 635 55 0.0044%
1945 652 50 0.0041%
1946 629 64 0.0043%
1947 660 69 0.0041%
1948 596 83 0.0052%
1949 568 97 0.006%
1950 567 100 0.0062%
1951 566 105 0.0062%
1952 554 117 0.0067%
1953 511 147 0.0083%
1954 557 128 0.007%
1955 585 115 0.0063%
1956 577 128 0.0068%
1957 590 126 0.0065%
1958 571 134 0.0071%
1959 610 117 0.0062%
1960 639 105 0.0055%
1961 634 109 0.0058%
1962 574 143 0.0078%
1963 576 140 0.0078%
1964 586 135 0.0077%
1965 563 139 0.0085%
1966 602 108 0.0069%
1967 607 108 0.0071%
1968 519 162 0.0108%
1969 491 203 0.0132%
1970 426 328 0.0206%
1971 413 337 0.0224%
1972 435 295 0.0217%
1973 420 305 0.0235%
1974 436 286 0.022%
1975 419 297 0.0231%
1976 454 254 0.0197%
1977 487 232 0.0172%
1978 511 206 0.0153%
1979 506 227 0.0161%
1980 549 201 0.0137%
1981 494 239 0.0163%
1982 456 307 0.0205%
1983 427 326 0.0221%
1984 397 383 0.0257%
1985 460 307 0.0202%
1986 436 347 0.023%
1987 453 341 0.0223%
1988 395 461 0.0296%
1989 384 540 0.0335%
1990 365 609 0.0367%
1991 375 574 0.0352%
1992 376 572 0.0358%
1993 374 596 0.0382%
1994 378 582 0.0379%
1995 371 606 0.0402%
1996 361 639 0.0427%
1997 345 710 0.048%
1998 337 769 0.0514%
1999 342 744 0.0497%
2000 318 877 0.0574%
2001 299 955 0.0634%
2002 286 1,008 0.0673%
2003 296 1,019 0.067%
2004 240 1,368 0.0898%
2005 205 1,844 0.1206%
2006 209 1,799 0.1149%
2007 207 1,876 0.1189%
2008 205 1,909 0.1235%
2009 207 1,814 0.1214%
2010 185 1,980 0.1374%
2011 157 2,455 0.1723%
2012 158 2,553 0.1792%
2013 133 2,873 0.2018%
2014 113 3,465 0.2378%
2015 102 3,874 0.2663%
2016 98 4,192 0.2908%
2017 91 4,245 0.3042%
2018 85 4,357 0.3171%
2019 72 4,869 0.3597%

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Names Like Roman

If you like Roman, you’ll love these other names like Roman.


What names are diminutives of Roman?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Roman sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Roman, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Rome

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Romy

Rosemary or Person from Rome

German


What names are variants of Roman?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Roman.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Romain

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Romaine

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Romanes

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Romano

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Romanos

Citizen of Rome

Latin

Romanus

Citizen of Rome

Latin


What names sound like Roman?

If you like how Roman sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Roman.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ramon

A Spanish form of Raymond.

Spanish

Rayman

Spanish

Roan

Little red-head

Gaelic

Romeo

Man from Rome

Italian

Ronan

Little seal

Irish

Rowan

Of the rowan tree

Gaelic


What names are similar to Roman?

Find a name that’s like Roman, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Antonio

Unknown meaning

Italian

Carlo

Free man

Spanish

Christian

Follower of Christ

Latin

Damian

To tame

Greek

Dominic

Of the Lord

Latin

Giovanni

God is gracious

Italian

Jordan

To descend

Hebrew

Leonardo

Brave lion

Italian

Nicholas

Victory of the people

Greek

Sebastian

Venerable or honorable

Greek


Lists With Roman

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Roman.


Siblings of Roman

Mamas with kids named Roman also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Austin

Great

English

Lucas

From Lucania

Latin

9 Comments

  1. It is different and strong

  2. Because of the meaning.

  3. It wasn’t super common but also didn’t feel too weird/odd. We liked that it felt strong, also a nod to our Italian roots without being an Italian name.

  4. We chose it because it is a powerful name.

  5. I love the name Roman. It’s strong and fits my son so well.

  6. His daddy picked his name! We love it!! I think it’s a very strong, proud name!

  7. We chose Roman because it’s his dad’s first name that he never went by. But he decided later in life that he liked it so he wanted to name our son that. I like the masculinity of the name.

  8. I didnt pick his name. His dad chose his name. His dads name is Jerome aka Rome. That way he had a junior with his own identity.

  9. We come from large families and we were determined to give our son a name no one else had in the family. We wanted something that would work well with our Latin surname and something that sounded strong so it would hold up against our last name. We weighed a few options but Roman was what we settled on the day he was born. We’ve heard it sounds regal while that wasn’t our intention, it doesn’t hurt. He’s called King Roman in my office.


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