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.
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.