Meaning and name origin
Rowena \ro-wena, rowe-na\ as a girl's 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).
For more information, see also the related girl name Roselaine.
Rowena is a very popular first name for females (#971 out of 4276, Top 23%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Rowena for girls. Rowena reached its highest rank of #472 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).
Rowena▼ is also pronounced similarly to Reena, Rena▼, Roana, Roanna, Rona and Ronna. Other suggested similar baby names are Robena, Rohana, Romea, Rosena, Rowan▲ and Rowen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rowena.