Rohan

Gender: Masculine
Origin: Indian रोहण
Meaning: “to ascend”
(ROW-ahn)

The name is derived from the Sanskrit word, रोहण  (rohana) describing the act of ascending, mounting, riding, standing, or sitting on. It can be used to describe the act of coming into being, production or healing of a wound and it is the name of a medicinal herb.  It is also the name of a mountain in Ceylon known in English as Adam’s Peak.

Coincidentally, the name appears in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings where it is the name of a place in Middle Earth meaning “horse country” in Sindarin.

It is also the name of a place in Brittany and in Malta.

Currently, Rohan is the 434th most popular male name in the Netherlands and the 536th most popular in the United States, (2010).

The feminine form is Rohana.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/rohan-1
  2. http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/romadict.pl?query=rohana&display=simple&table=macdonell