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Roan Family History

Roan Name Meaning

Irish: variant spelling of Rowan. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Rouen in Normandy. In Scotland the name is also derived in part from any of several places named Roan in the Borders and Strathclyde. There was also a medieval female personal name Roana, which may have given rise to some examples of the surname.

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


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

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Where is the Roan family from?

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 the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 31 Roan families living in Ontario. This was about 38% of all the recorded Roan's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Roan families in 1911.
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What did your Roan ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Roan. 86% of Roan men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    86%
  • Labourer
    15%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Roan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Roan. For the veterans among your Roan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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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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