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What does Rowena mean?

Rowena Pronunciation of Rowena [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).

Associated with: happiness (joy), slender (little), fair (beautiful), heroines, novel (literary), 19th century.


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

Affiliated girl name: Roselaine.

Creative forms:
(female) Rowesa, ..

(male) Roweer, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rowena Kenzley (R.K.), ..

How popular is Rowena?

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. Demographics)

Rowena reached its apex rank of #472 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 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 Rana, Ranna, Rayana, Rayna, Reanna, Renae, Renay, Rene, Rhiana, Rhona, Riana, Rionna, Roana, Roanna, Rona, Ronae, Ronay, Ronee, Roni, Ronna, Ronni, Ronny, Royanna, Ryana and Ryanna. Other recommended names are Colena, Corena, Dorena, Edwena, Jolena, Jovena, Korena, Lorena, Morena, Morwena, Raene, Ravena, Reene, Regena, Rihana, Roanne, Robeena, Robena, Robene, Robenia, Robina, Robyna, Rodina, Rohana, Rohanna, Rolene, Roma, Romana, Romea, Romene, Romina, Romma, Romona, Rosana, Rosena, Rosenah (see Rose), Rosene, Rosina, Rowan, Rowen, Roxana, Roxeena, Roxene, Rozene, Rozina, Rubena, Ruzena and Ryen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rowena.

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