Female, Hebrew, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

Roanna

Roanna, at first glance, seems like a creative spin on Joanna, the feminine form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” (at least that was my first impression of it), but it’s also a strictly feminine form of Roan, a name with three possible meanings:

  • the first is that it is a variant form of Ronne, a Frisian name meaning “raven” via Germanic element hraben (raven);
  • roan is also the name of a color, often referring to the color of a horse’s coloring that has a sorrel, chestnut or bay (reddish-brown) coloring with gray or white running through it;
  • Roan could also be a variant of Rowan, an anglicized form of Irish Ó Ruadháin meaning “descendant of Ruadhán”, the latter meaning “little red one”, a diminutive of Irish ruadh meaning “red”, derived as a nickname for someone who had red hair or a ruddy complexion. Rowan is also the name of a genus of trees.

Origin: Hebrew, Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: could be a creative spin on Joanna, the feminine form of John “Yahweh is gracious”; could also be a feminine form of Roan which has various possible meanings depending on its origin such as “raven”, the name of a color, of reddish-brown, or a variant of Rowan “little red one, also the name of a genus of trees

Usage: English

Variants:

  • Roana (English)
  • Roanne (English)
  • Rouana (French)
  • Roan (English)

Male forms:

  • Roan (English, Frisian)
  • Rouan (French)

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