Roan Family History
Roan Name Meaning
Scottish and Irish: variant of Rowan . Scottish: habitational name from any of various places in Scotland called Roan (Ayrshire Berwickshire Roxburghshire) or from Roan (Cumberland). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rouen (Seine-Maritime). The medieval English name may have been reinforced by post-medieval French migrants. English: from the Middle English female personal name Roana of unexplained etymology. Native American: from English roan ‘(horse) having a coat in which the prevailing color is thickly interspersed with some other color’ used as translation (and shortening) of a personal name based on a Native American word with this meaning (see Roanhorse ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press