Show ContentsRoma History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Roma is of Spanish origin, and is derived from the forename of the father of the original bearer. In this case, the name is derived from the Latin first name "Romanus," which became "Roman" in Spanish. Thus, the surname Roma would simply have identified the original bearer as a "son of Roman."

Early Origins of the Roma family

The surname Roma was first found in the region of Castile, near the city of Toledo. Records also show that there was a strong early presence of the surname Roma in Madrid and Seville.

Early History of the Roma family

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Roma Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roma, Román, Romáña, Romay, Romaz and others.

Early Notables of the Roma family

Prominent among bearers of the Roma family name at this time was

  • Miguel Roman de Nogales, who was born in Seville in 1606, and emigrated to Mexico in 1624, where he became Mayor of Veracruz

United States Roma migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Roma Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Philip Roma, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1853 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Roma (post 1700) +

  • Patrick J. Roma, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 9th District, 1992 [2]
  • Jennifer Roma SeBerry (b. 1944), Australian cryptographer, mathematician, and computer scientist, professor at the University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Ms. Roma Agrawal M.B.E., British Associate Director for AECOM, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Engineering [3]
  • Roma Maffia (b. 1958), American actress, known for her roles in Nip/Tuck (2003-2010) and Profiler (1996-2000)
  • Roma Downey (b. 1960), Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-nominated actress and producer, best known as main character of the TV series Touched by an Angel (1994–2003)

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook