Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Roman

The male given name Roman comes from the Late Latin personal name Romanus which was derived from Romulus, one of the Founders of the city of Rome. The ancient legend of the founding of Rome (a settlement that dates back to around 750 B.C.!) involves the twin brothers Romulus and Remus who were the grandsons of the ruler of Alba Longa (then the most important city-state in Latium). According to Virgil, they were descended from the ancient Trojans, and according to legend, they were the half-human sons of the Roman god of war, Mars. In any case, after their great-uncle overthrew their grandfather in Alba Longa, the boys’ great-uncle ordered the children killed (fearing future retribution). The servant assigned to the unsavory task of infanticide didn’t have the heart to carry out the orders and instead sent the babies adrift on the Tiber River where they were saved by the river god, Tiberinus. Following us so far? The twins were placed on Palentine Hill where they were raised in wilderness by a she-wolf. Due to their noble birth, these boys amassed a following and proved themselves natural leaders. When Remus was captured during one of those typical ancient scuffles, Romulus raised an army to free him and emerged triumphantly overtaking all of Alba Longa. They succeeded in giving the rule of Alba Longa back to their grandfather and returned to the area of Palentine Hill in order to establish their own kingdom, Rome, in honor of the victorious Romulus. Rumon or Rumen was also the ancient name of the Tiber River (which flows through Rome) from the Greek word “rhèo” and the Latin “ruo” both of which mean ‘flow.’ The Tiber River was critical to the people of ancient Rome given its agricultural benefits and placement within a valley that was easily defensible by the nearby hills – not to mention ready access to the Tyrrhenian Sea for trade (yet far enough from the sea to evade seafaring enemies). Rome also comes from the Greek word rhòme, which means ‘strength.’ Interestingly, the use of Roman as a given name for boys is primarily Russian, Polish and Czech. Then again, those crazy, conquering Romans did spread their empire and influence far and wide.

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The name Roman has been in constant use in America for over 100 years, albeit at very low to moderate levels of usage. The name is actually experiencing its peak popularity right now, having just slipped onto the Top 200 list in 2010. Roman is a name that has a lot going for it. Not yet overused, it retains a uniqueness and distinctiveness. It’s a simple two-syllable name that’s both easy to say and easy to spell. The name Roman conjures up all sorts of historic and romantic notions: myths, legends, strength and power. It has ancient roots but feels modern and fashionable without being trendy. Roman has greatness in its very simplicity as a name. It’s elegant and classical, but also manly and virile. This name just “flows” so effortlessly like the mighty Tiber River from which it is named. No longer isolated to our friends of Slavic descent, Roman has an off-beat quality reserved for the avant-garde, intellectual parent.

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Roman mythologies surrounding Ceres were entirely pilfered from the Greeks. The Romans gave Ceres a daughter by Jupiter named Proserpina (just as Demeter was the mother of Persephone by Zeus in Greek tradition). In one of the most well-known mythological tales, Pluto (god of the underworld), having been hit by Cupid’s arrow, sees the beautiful Proserpina among a field of flowers in Sicily. Instantly enraptured by the girl, Pluto kidnaps her and takes her to the underworld. Discovering her daughter is missing, Ceres goes on a desperate quest to find her. Unsuccessful and grief-stricken, the goddess angrily halts food production. Jupiter is forced to appeal to Pluto, demanding that Proserpina be returned to her mother. However, before she is able to leave the underworld, Pluto cleverly gives the girl a handful of pomegranate seeds. Because Proserpina ate the “food of the dead”, she could never completely dwell among the living and was henceforth required to return to the underworld four month of the year. The story serves to explain the changing of the seasons. When Proserpina is with her mother, all plant life flourishes; when she returns to Pluto, the crops won’t grow.

Anna is the sister of Dido (Queen of Carthage) in Roman mythology, the legends about whom are related by Virgil (in the Aeneid). Dido falls in love with Aeneas, but the love is not returned. In despair, Dido kills herself. After her death, Anna flees from Carthage to Italy, where she is kindly received by Aeneas. Here her jealousy of Lavinia (Aeneas’ wife) was roused, and being warned in a dream by the spirit of Dido, she throws herself into the river Numicius. Henceforth she was worshipped as the nymph of that river. Anna was originally an Italian divinity, who was regarded as the giver of life, health, and plenty. She is the goddess whose powers were most manifest at the return of spring when her festival was celebrated.

Claudia Quinta is a legendary Roman figure dating back to the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage during the 3rd and 2nd centuries B.C. During the Second Punic War against the great military commander Hannibal, the Romans began to develop a cult around Cybele, the Great Mother goddess to ensure their success against Carthage. Her effigy was ordered to be delivered to Rome by ship and all married women of Rome were ordered to the Ostia Harbor to receive the statue. Enter Claudia Quinta. Now this was a woman of poor reputation in ancient Rome. She was vilified for wearing too much make-up and adorning herself with fancy dress. In those days this was considered exceptionally bold and disgraceful for a woman of her time. We rather think of her as sassy and fun, though! In any case, Claudia arrived at port right as the ship got stuck on a sandbar. Ropes were secured to the vessel and all the men tried as they could to pull that ship off the sandbar to no avail. Claudia prayed mightily to Cybele and then tied the ropes to her own sash pulling the ship successfully to port. She became an instant heroine and apparently immediately absolved of all her flashy “sins”. It’s too bad Claudia had to do a man’s job before being recognized for embracing her own inner-goddess!

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Roman Hamrlik (hockey player)
Roman Harper (football player)
Roman Herzog (former President of Germany)
Roman Jebavý (Czech tennis player)
Roman Polanski (director)
Roman Turek (hockey player)

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Cate Blanchett;

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