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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).


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

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).

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 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.