National Roman Day is celebrated yearly on June 1. There’s something about the name Roman that evokes romance. Like a summer love story in a European city by the sea. Or a noir landscape charged with unexpressed emotions. The Italian variant of the name, which means ‘romantic lover,’ speaks to this feeling perfectly. In Hebrew, Roman personifies power and strength. Roman appeals to a unique aesthetic, and anyone bearing the name is special indeed! National Roman Day celebrates Romans everywhere — whether quietly charming or brazenly adventurous.
History of National Roman Day
The name Roman has several origins. But the most common reference is the Hebrew meaning of the name, which stands for ‘powerful.’ In Latin, the word is a derivative of ‘Romanus,’ a name borne by several early saints. It could also refer to anyone whose ancestors descend from Rome. ‘Romana,’ the feminine version, first appeared in 1891 and it is not a common name.
The legacy of the name Roman goes back to 753 B.C. with origins from the cofounder of Rome, Romulus. The story involves the twin brothers Remus and Romulus, whose destinies intertwined with the city of Rome. Virgil described them as descendants of ancient Trojans. Legend has it that the brothers were demi-gods — sons of the Roman God of War, Mars. When enemies attempted to kill the brothers, they fled into the wilderness, where they met a she-wolf who raised them.
Given the history, it’s easy to see the allure of a name like Roman. It does have a tinge of romance and a bit of European mystery. Roman exudes power — a natural leader. We’re sure a man who bears Roman has legions of fans and admirers.
The name Roman has rapidly grown in popularity over the years. Mythical associations aside, several celebrities chose to name their male children Roman. The most notable are Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Coppola, Roman Walker Zelman, Roman Robert Upton, and Roman Stylianos Gianopoulos.
National Roman Day celebrates the illustrious group of people who have the name Roman, sometimes also called Romy or Rome. In fact, according to Google Search data, Roman was at its peak in popularity in 2018.
National Roman Day timeline
Romulus and his twin brother, Remus, establish Rome on a site where a she-wolf raised them as infants.
Roman Ford Coppola and Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom” receives international critical acclaim.
The popularity of the name breaks the top 100.
The name Roman got to its peak popularity according to analysis from Google search data.
National Roman Day FAQs
Is Roman a good name for a boy?
Yes, it is. The name has slowly ascended the charts over the years.
Is Roman a rare name?
Roman is an uncommon name overall but has gained popularity over the years. In 2021, it was the 75th most popular name for boys in the U.S.
What names are similar to Roman?
They include Rogan, Ronan, Rowan, Raymond, Ronen, etc.
National Roman Day Activities
Tell a Roman he rocks
Treat a Roman to dinner, cupcakes, or a fun day out. Do you bear the name Roman? We would like to appreciate how incredible you are!
Indulge in what you love
Like your ancient namesakes, learn how to enjoy life. Savor that glass of wine or play games. Do whatever brings you joy.
Make a name list
Research famous people and celebrities named Roman or who have children named Roman and read about them. It’s a great way to channel some of your potential.
5 Awesome Facts About Romans
A logical thinker
Aside from the name sparking romance, Roman also describes a logical thinker.
They are mostly shy
Romans tend to be, reserved, shy, and quiet.
They hardly trust people
As a show of using their inborn gift of intuition, Romans find it difficult to trust people.
Although naturally skilled workers in any chosen profession, Romans are likely to become historians, actors, poets, or writers.
Their lucky colors
Romans' lucky colors are all shades of gold, green, and yellow.
Why We Love National Roman Day
To make Roman smile
Today we go all out and celebrate the Romans we know. The thought of someone named Roman blushing with appreciation makes our day.
People named Roman tend to come across as mysterious. What better day than today to strike up a conversation, and hopefully discover more about the person behind the name.
The unmistakable vibe
Being around a Roman makes us fierce by association. We can’t explain it. It’s a vibe.
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