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Origin and popularity of the name ROE

Origin

Roe : 1: English: nickname from Middle English ro(o) ‘roe deer’ (Old English rā). This is the midland and southern form also found in South Yorkshire and Lancashire. In much of northern England however rā remained unrounded and survives as Ray 3.2: English: post-medieval variant of Wroe (see Wray).3: English: post-medieval variant of Row (or vice versa); see Rowe.4: Irish (Laois): from Ó Ruaidh or Mac Ruaidh ‘descendant (or son) of Ruadh’ a byname meaning ‘red’. See also McRoy.5: Norwegian (also Røe): habitational name from any of several farmsteads named Røe or Roe from Old Norse ruth ‘clearing’.6: Korean: variant of Ro itself a variant of No 1.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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Geographic distribution of the 31,350 individuals with the name ROE on Geneanet.

 

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    rmarriott
    (224 individuals)
    walshj3
    (221 individuals)
    druffer
    (210 individuals)
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    (198 individuals)

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    Variants of name ROE

    RHOEN RHOE ROEN ROHEN ROME ROMA de da ROMA