The ultimate Roman name

Prince Roman Petrovich of Russia, 1896–1978. In my alternative history, he marries his second-cousin, Grand Duchess Anastasiya Nikolayevna, and opens a sporting club on his Znamenka estate in Peterhof.

Roman (NOT to be confused with the entirely separate name Ramon) comes from the Latin name Romanus, meaning, quite unsurprisingly, “Roman.” Roman’s ultimate origin is Romulus, the legendary co-founder of Rome.

The name is Russian, Ukrainian, Slovenian, German, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Georgian, Armenian, Romanian, English, Finnish, Scandinavian, Bulgarian, and Croatian. Russian nicknames include Roma, Romik, Romasha, Romulya, and Romashka. The Czech and Slovak nickname is Romuška; Polish nicknames include Romek, Romuś, and Romcio; and Romica is Croatian.

The alternate form Román is Hungarian and Spanish, and Róman is Icelandic. Roman also means “novel” in several of these languages.

The name has become quite trendy in the U.S. in recent years, jumping up the charts quite a bit since 2004. By 2018, it was #85. It was also #75 in England and Wales in 2017, #61 in the Czech Republic in 2016.

Other forms of Roman include:

1. Romà is Catalan.

2. Romão is Portuguese.

3. Romanos is Greek.

4. Romāns is Latvian.

5. Romano is Italian.

6. Romain is French.

7. Raman is Belarusian.

8. Råmman is Skolt Sami.

9. Ǎraman is Chuvash.

10. Romaani is Finnish.

11. Romanas is Lithuanian.

12. Romanoz is Georgian.

13. Romanozi is an older, rare Georgian form.

14. Römu is Swiss–German.

Feminine forms:

1. Romana is Italian, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Polish, Latin, Dutch, Serbian, Swedish, Bulgarian, Romanian, German, English, and Croatian. The alternate form Romána is Hungarian.

2. Romaine is French.

3. Romena is modern Lithuanian.

4. Romane is an alternate French form.

One thought on “The ultimate Roman name

  1. Uhh I’m not a fan of Roman to be honest. Probably just because of lack of good associations, as well as that it’s not really my style at all. All the Polish people with this name I know better are really unlucky i their lives and don’t seem particularly intelligent, though I hope that’s not something that is a general trait of this name, that would be awful. I used to be absolutely gobsmacked seeing people on websites like Behind The Name saying they love it, or that it feels modern, but it just shows how sometimes the trends can differ from one country to another, now I guess I can see why Roman would be trendy in the English-speaking world currently, with the -n ending and Ancient Roman roots, and I guess it can indeed feel similar to many modern names. Here it feels rather dated, sort of older uncle name I’d say. If I had to pick a Rom- name I like, I’d rather go with Romuald – which I’m not crazy about either but it has much more character in my opinion, and it occurs in my family. – I used to hate Roma, but recently I started to view this name as sort of interestingly quirky. And I also rather like Romilly in the English-speaking context, but would never use either of them for a baby.

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