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Rom Name Meaning

Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): acronymic surname from the first letters of the Hebrew phrase Reb Menachem from Yiddish reb ‘Mister’ + the Biblical personal name Menachem after Menachem Man (died in 1841) the owner of the famous publishing house in Vilna founded by his father Baruch. German: habitational name from the city of Rome (named Rom in German) or a nickname for someone who had a connection with Rome perhaps having been there on a pilgrimage. German: habitational name from a place so named in Pomerania. German: nickname from dialect ram ‘raven’ or perhaps from the homonym ram ‘frame (of the loom)’ (compare 5 below). This is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ). Slovenian: probably a metonymic occupational name for a weaver or for a maker of frames from rom ‘frame (of the loom)’ which is from Middle High German ram (compare Rahm ). It may also be of the same origin as the Czech name below (compare Rome ) and at least in part of Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) origin; see 4 above. Czech: from a short form of any of personal names beginning with Rom- e.g. Roman .7: Croatian: probably a nickname from the adjective hrom ‘lame paralysed’ (compare Romich ). Alternatively it may be of the same origin as the Czech name above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Ram, Roma, Romm, Ron, Rog, From, Som, Rome, Krol, Krom

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You can see how Rom families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rom family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Rom families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Rom family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Rom's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Rom families in 1840.
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What did your Rom ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rom. 17% of Rom men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Rom women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rom were Painter and Housework. .

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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

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Painter
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Housework
    8%
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Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Rom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1964. The average life expectancy for Rom in 1960 was 56, and 81 in 2004.

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