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What does Rowena mean?

Rowena \ro-wena, rowe-na\ as a girls' name is pronounced roh-EEN-ah, roh-ENN-ah. It is of Old German origin, and the meaning of Rowena is "fame and happiness". Also possibly (Welsh) "slender and fair". Rowena was the name of one of the two heroines in Sir Walter Scott's novel "Ivanhoe" (19th century).


Rowena has 5 variants: Rhowena, Roweena, Roweina, Rowenna and Rowina.

For more information, see also the related girl name Roselaine.


Rowena is a very prominent first name for females (#971 out of 4276, Top 23%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Rowena for girls. Rowena reached its apex rank of #472 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rowena name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rowena outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rowena is alike in pronunciation to Reena, Rena, Roana, Roanna, Rona and Ronna. Other recommended similar baby names are Robena, Rohana, Romea, Rosena, Rowan and Rowen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rowena.