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Roman Name Meaning

Catalan, French, English, German (also Romann), Polish, Hungarian (Román), Romanian, Ukrainian, and Belorussian: from the Latin personal name Romanus, which originally meant ‘Roman’. This name was borne by several saints, including a 7th-century bishop of Rouen. English, French, and Catalan: regional or ethnic name for someone from Rome or from Italy in general, or a nickname for someone who had some connection with Rome, as for example having been there on a pilgrimage. Compare Romero.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Romano, Roma, Oman, Doman, Roan, Rozman, Rosman, Romans, Rom, Romani

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Where is the Roman family from?

You can see how Roman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roman families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 12 Roman families living in Louisiana. This was about 22% of all the recorded Roman's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Roman families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Roman surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Roman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roman. 18% of Roman men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Roman women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roman were Salesman and Operator.

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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
    18%
  • Farmer
    5%
  • Labrador
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    6%
  • New Worker
    5%
  • Waitress
    5%
  • Operator
    5%
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Census Records

There are 157,000 census records available for the last name Roman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 35,000 immigration records available for the last name Roman. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 35,000 military records available for the last name Roman. For the veterans among your Roman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Roman lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Roman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Roman in 1944 was 30, and 71 in 2004.

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