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What does Bowden mean?

Bowden Pronunciation of Bowden [bow-den] as a boys' name has the meaning "shelter; one who brings news". Bowden is an alternate form of Boden (Scandinavian, Old French).

Associated with: shelter (home).


Bowden has 3 variants: Bodin, Bodine and Bowdoin.

2 more different relations via Boden: Bodey and Bodie.

Creative forms:
(male) Beaden, Budden, ..

(female) Bowbea, ..

Middle name pairings:
Bowden Genesis (B.G.), ..

How popular is Bowden?

Bowden is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1373 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Bowden (outside Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000 are Bodie (#965 via latest list) and Boden (#976). These relations of Bowden were popular as baby names in 2015 (median #970). Bodie and Boden are two of the more chic baby names here. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Boden, Bodie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bowden and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bowden is alike in pronunciation to Bohdan. Other suggested similar names are Barden, Belden, Bogdan, Bolten, Borden, Bordin, Bordon, Bowen, Bowie, Bowin, Boyde, Braden, Broden, Cobden, Colden, Forden, Godden, Golden, Gorden, Holden, Howlen, Jorden, Rowdon, Rowen, Royden, Snowden and Worden. Like Bowden, these names are not commonly used.

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