Roxanne: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Roxanne

Roxanne

Pronunciation: rahk-SAN (key)

Origin of the name Roxanne:

From the Greek Roxanē, which is believed to be derived from the Persian Roschana (dawn of day). The name was borne by the Bactrian wife of Alexander the Great, which seems to substantiate the name's roots.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Roxanne: | Edit

My late step-mother was named Roxanne. She was born in 1957. She was a wonderful, talented, high-spirited woman who was selfless and always there for me like an angel. I always thought her name was odd. Most of her friends called her "ROX" or "ROXY" and yes, she did get the song "ROXANNE" sang to her all of the time. I have never met another Roxanne in all of my life. She was the best person I knew.

Roxanne can also be spelled Roxana, but said exactly the same.

Personal experiences with the name Roxanne: | Edit

Often get sung "Roooooooooxxxxxaaaaaaaaane, you don't have to put on the red light!"
I was named after the lovely lady on "Beat the Clock" game show. She was popular in the fifties when the name was most popular. There was even a Roxanne doll. I believe most people named Roxanne during that time were named after her.

Nicknames for Roxanne: | Edit

Roxy/Roxie
Rox
Ro
Foxy Roxy

Meanings and history of the name Roxanne: | Edit

Persian meaning "dawn."

Famous real-life people named Roxanne: | Edit

Roxanne Pulitzer, center of scandal in the 1980s
Wife of Alexander the Great

Roxanne in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Roxanne," 1978 hit song by The Police
Main character in "Cyrano de Bergerac"
"Roxanne," a 1987 film based on the Cyrano de Bergerac story, starring Darryl Hannah in the title role.
Character in "The Goofy Movie," the main character's love interest.

Nicolas Cage's love interest in the movie "Ghost Rider."

Roxanne/Tina Fey in Megamind

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