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Is ROAN an actual, real irish name?

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amhurst Fri 31-Jan-14 18:58:44

I'm Irish, living abroad, looking for a nice not too usual Irish boy name. I have come across ROAN on a few sites and think it is v nice but I have never met nor heard of a Roan in Ireland..is it a bit of a made up irish Christian name? And apologies in advance don't want to offend anybody who has picked this name - am genuinely curious. I also really like IARLAITH but think the spelling will always be a problem. Many thanks for any thoughts!

JanineStHubbins Fri 31-Jan-14 19:01:14

As far as i'm aware, Roan isn't an Irish name.

You can also spell your second name Iarla - like the singer Iarla Ó Lionáird

amhurst Fri 31-Jan-14 19:11:36

Thanks..I have my suspicions..re iarlaith/ iarla...as is the pitfall of talking about names at all, when I said 'iarla' spelt with a simple 'a' - someone replied 'as in Carla??' Ruining all images of iarla o'L and replacing them with Ideas of Carla from Cheers ..bah.

adaloveslace Fri 31-Jan-14 19:33:25

Rowan is a great boys (or girls) name. I know an Irish one but not sure about its heritage. Or Ronan.

minniemagoo Fri 31-Jan-14 19:43:43

Roan is afaik and Americanised version of an Irish name. It would be more common in the US than in Ireland with that spelling.

trainersandaches Fri 31-Jan-14 19:48:23

I think Roan's just the Garlic word for seal isn't it? Ronan is little seal btw!

SwedishEdith Fri 31-Jan-14 19:50:27

Doesn't Roan mean bull or cow? Rhymes with Joan

Drquin Fri 31-Jan-14 19:56:16

I've seen "Rohan" both in ireland and Scotland.
Pronounced "Ro-an" and "Ro-Han"

squoosh Fri 31-Jan-14 20:13:42

I think 'rón' is seal, as in sea lion, not royal seal. I've never met anyone called Roan so can't be sure if it's an authentic name. Sounds a bit madey upy, but I could be wrong.

Rowan has the same sound and is more known.

geekaMaxima Fri 31-Jan-14 20:15:14

Roan isn't a word in Irish - rón is the word for seal (the animal).

I've never heard of Roan as a name but I second seeing the name Rohan in Scotland. Maybe Roan is a derivation?

Theonlyoneiknow Fri 31-Jan-14 20:16:11

I know a Rohan, Rowan and a Rion but haven't heard for Roan

DramaAlpaca Fri 31-Jan-14 20:17:32

I'm in Ireland & I know an 8 year old Roan. No idea if it's an authentic Irish name or not.

Yama Fri 31-Jan-14 20:19:17

I know a Scottish Roan. He's 6 and a lovely wee boy.

Pontouf Fri 31-Jan-14 20:20:17

My cousin's youngest is Roan, pronounced Rowan. They're not Irish, not sure where it comes from, but it's really grown on me in the three years since he was born.

MrsJoeDolan Fri 31-Jan-14 20:24:03

I think Iarla looks like a girl's name (sorry).

quietlysuggests Fri 31-Jan-14 20:28:18

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nearlyreadytopop Fri 31-Jan-14 20:42:38

I have only ever heard the word roan in the context of the colour of a horse. But I am in NI so not much Irish being spoken.
I love Rowan and Ronan.

angelinterceptor Fri 31-Jan-14 20:52:16

I'm in NI but never met a Roan

Do know a Rohan though

RabbitPies Fri 31-Jan-14 23:54:57

There was a Roan in my primary class. He was Scottish though,but I loved the name,and it suited him.

EnlightenedOwl Fri 31-Jan-14 23:56:28

Not very helpful but just read a book where the lead character was called Roan and portrayed as an Irish name but its not one I'd heard of before.

LucyBabs Sat 01-Feb-14 00:00:40

trainersandaches pmsl at garlic word

Grotbagstwin Sat 01-Feb-14 00:01:17

We have a Roan in our family, they are English.

Diamondjoan Sat 01-Feb-14 00:05:20

Never came across it. I know a Ruadhan which is pronounced like Ruan.

amhurst Sat 01-Feb-14 12:17:47

Thanks so much for thoughts! Finding it really difficult to find 'the' name..2 weeks to go! Poor nameless boy...also like RUAIRI but know the world wld prefer if I spelt it RORY...

Yama Sat 01-Feb-14 13:30:12

Aye, but Ruairi/Ruaridh is pronounced Roo-ray, whereas Rory is Roar-ray.

I much prefer Roo-ray.

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