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ScriptsΡωξανη Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.rahk-SAN-ə English
rok-SA-na Spanish

Meaning & History

Latin form of Ρωξανη (Roxane), the Greek form of the Persian or Bactrian name روشنک (Roshanak) which meant "bright" or "dawn". This was the name of Alexander the Great's first wife, a daughter of the Bactrian nobleman Oxyartes. In the modern era it came into use during the 17th century. In the English-speaking world it was popularized by Daniel Defoe, who used it in his novel 'Roxana' (1724).
VariantsRoxane, Roxanna English Ruxandra Romanian Roxane Ancient Greek
DiminutivesRoxie, Roxy English
Other Languages & CulturesRoshanak Ancient Persian Roxane, Roxanne French Rossana Italian Roshanak Persian Roksana Polish Rosana Portuguese Roksana Russian
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Detail from Alexander the Great and Roxana by Pietro Rotari (1756)Detail from Alexander the Great and Roxana by Pietro Rotari (1756)


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