Roan Family History

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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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Roan Family Origin

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Roan Family Occupations

What did your Roan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Railway Signalman and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Roan. 25% of Roan men worked as a Railway Signalman and 89% of Roan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roan were Colliery Surface Labourer and Housewife

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Railway Signalman
  • Plasterer
  • General Labourer
  • Colliery Surface Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Invalid
  • Housewife

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Roan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 25,000 census records available for the last name Roan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Roan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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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Roan Life Expectancy

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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