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Early Origins of the Romain family

The surname Romain was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. They held a family seat in the old manor of Rothmaneic in the marches of Kingside. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland in 1250. John of Romano was described 'of that ilk' in 1484suggesting the name was an ancient border clan.

Early History of the Romain family

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Romain Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Roman, Romain, Romaigne, Romayne, Romanis, Romany, Rommanes, Romanes, Romayn and many more.

Early Notables of the Romain family

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Romain Ranking

In the United States, the name Romain is the 12,147th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in France, the name Romain is ranked the 666th most popular surname with an estimated 7,118 people with that name. [2]

United States Romain migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Romain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Romain, aged 40, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [3]
Romain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Romain, aged 28, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [3]
  • Zytje Romain, aged 23, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [3]

Australia Romain migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Romain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Romain (post 1700) +

  • James Romain (b. 1987), American football defensive back who is currently a free agent
  • Armand Romain, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1908 (alternate), 1912, 1916 [5]
  • Jonathan Anidjar Romain MBE (b. 1954), English writer and broadcaster and director of Maidenhead Synagogue in Berkshire, England, writer for The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Huffington Post and The Jewish Chronicle
  • Jérôme Romain (b. 1971), French two-time silver and bronze medalist former world-class track and field athlete
  • Philippe Romain Ménard, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • André Romain Prévot (1894-1982), French bacteriologist
  • Romain Maes (1912-1983), Belgian cyclist who won the 1935 Tour de France
  • Romain Gall (b. 1995), American professional soccer player
  • Romain Del Castillo (b. 1996), French professional footballer who plays for Brest as an attacking midfielder
  • Romain Élie (b. 1985), French professional football defender who plays for Beauvais Oise

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  3. 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)
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th February 2022). Retrieved from
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from
  6. Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, April 29) Philippe Ménard. Retrieved from on Facebook