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Quick Facts on Roman

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Latin, Polish, Russian, Slavic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 134
Simple meaning:
Flow, strength

Characteristics of Roman

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Roman

The male given name Roman comes from the Late Latin personal name Romanus which was derived from Romulus, one of the Founders of the city of Rome. The ancient legend of the founding of Rome (a settlement that dates back to around 750 B.C.!) involves the twin brothers Romulus and Remus who were the grandsons of the ruler of Alba Longa (then the most important city-state in Latium). According to Virgil, they were descended from the ancient Trojans, and according to legend, they were the half-human sons of the Roman god of war, Mars. In any case, after their great-uncle overthrew their grandfather in Alba Longa, the boys’ great-uncle ordered the children killed (fearing future retribution). The servant assigned to the unsavory task of infanticide didn’t have the heart to carry out the orders and instead sent the babies adrift on the Tiber River where they were saved by the river god, Tiberinus. Following us so far? The twins were placed on Palentine Hill where they were raised in wilderness by a she-wolf. Due to their noble birth, these boys amassed a following and proved themselves natural leaders. When Remus was captured during one of those typical ancient scuffles, Romulus raised an army to free him and emerged triumphantly overtaking all of Alba Longa. They succeeded in giving the rule of Alba Longa back to their grandfather and returned to the area of Palentine Hill in order to establish their own kingdom, Rome, in honor of the victorious Romulus. Rumon or Rumen was also the ancient name of the Tiber River (which flows through Rome) from the Greek word “rhèo” and the Latin “ruo” both of which mean ‘flow.’ The Tiber River was critical to the people of ancient Rome given its agricultural benefits and placement within a valley that was easily defensible by the nearby hills – not to mention ready access to the Tyrrhenian Sea for trade (yet far enough from the sea to evade seafaring enemies). Rome also comes from the Greek word rhòme, which means ‘strength.’ Interestingly, the use of Roman as a given name for boys is primarily Russian, Polish and Czech. Then again, those crazy, conquering Romans did spread their empire and influence far and wide.

Popularity of the Name Roman

The name Roman has been in constant use in America for over 100 years, albeit at very low to moderate levels of usage. The name is actually experiencing its peak popularity right now, having just slipped onto the Top 200 list in 2010. Roman is a name that has a lot going for it. Not yet overused, it retains a uniqueness and distinctiveness. It’s a simple two-syllable name that’s both easy to say and easy to spell. The name Roman conjures up all sorts of historic and romantic notions: myths, legends, strength and power. It has ancient roots but feels modern and fashionable without being trendy. Roman has greatness in its very simplicity as a name. It’s elegant and classical, but also manly and virile. This name just “flows” so effortlessly like the mighty Tiber River from which it is named. No longer isolated to our friends of Slavic descent, Roman has an off-beat quality reserved for the avant-garde, intellectual parent.
Popularity of the Boy Name Roman
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Roman

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Roman

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Roman

    Roman We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Roman.

  • Popular Songs on Roman

    Popular Songs on Roman

    Roman - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Roman.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Roman

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Roman

    Ancient Rome (Simon James) - The most trusted nonfiction series on the market, Eyewitness Books provide an in-depth, comprehensive look at their subjects with a unique integration of words and pictures. DK's classic look at Ancient Rome, now reissued with a CD and wall chart. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction (David Macaulay) - Text and black and white illustrations show how the Romans planned and constructed their cities for the people who lived within them. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Romulus And Remus (Anne Rockwell) - A brand-new Ready-to-Read book by Anne Rockwell. This retelling of the story of Romulus and Remus tells of their early separation from their mother, their childhood years when they were raised by wolves, and how they came to found the city of Rome, which was populated first by slaves. Exciting fare that's simple to read but right for the interest level of first through third graders. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Story of the World: From the Earliest Nomad to the Last Roman Emperor (Susan Wise Bauer) - An activity book. Color a picture of a Minoan bull-jumper, make a model of the Nile River, create Roman armor and Celtic jewelry and more...don't just read about history—experience it! This comprehensive, 8.5" x 11" curriculum guide and activity book contains map activities, coloring pages, games, projects, review questions, cross-references to illustrated encyclopedias, and extensive book lists. Children and parents love the activities, ranging from cooking projects to crafts, board games to science experiments, and puzzles to projects. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Roman

    Famous People Named Roman

    Famous People Named Roman - Roman Hamrlik (hockey player); Roman Harper (football player); Roman Herzog (former President of Germany); Roman Jebavý (Czech tennis player); Roman Polanski (director); Roman Turek (hockey player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Roman

    Children of Famous People Named Roman

    Famous People who Named their Son Roman - Cate Blanchett (actress); Debra Messing (actress); Francis Ford Coppola (director); Harvey Keitel (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Roman - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Roman - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Roman.

Personality of the Boy Name Roman

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Roman

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