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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 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Roen, Rohn, Roman, Ron, Ruan, Rohan, Bryan, Moat, Roane, Coan

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You can see how Roan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 21 Roan families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 33% of all the recorded Roan's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Roan families in 1840.
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What did your Roan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Roan. 20% of Roan men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Roan women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roan were Clerk and Maid. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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What is the average Roan lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Roan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Roan in 1946 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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