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What does Owain mean?

Owain Pronunciation of Owain [owain] as a name for boys is of Gaelic derivation, and the name Owain means "born of yew; youth". Owain is a variant form of Eoghan (Gaelic). Owain is also a variation of Owen (Scottish, Greek).

Associated with: gaelic, yew (tree).


Owain has 4 variants: Ewan, Ewen, Owin and Owynn.

1 more relation via Eoghan, Owen: Owens.

Creative forms:
(male) Orain, Osain, ..

(female) Owana, ..

Middle name pairings:
Owain Davis (O.D.), ..

How popular is Owain?

Owain is an uncommonly occurring given name for men. Owain is an unusual surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Owain (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000 are Owen (#36 in recent rankings), Ewan (#1284), Owens and Eoghan. Other variants, like Owynn, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Owain was common among parents in the year 2014 (average #1302) and has remained as widespread to this day (#1330, 5%). Owen has historically been popular among parents. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ewan, Owen, Owens in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eoghan, Ewan, Owen outside U.S.

Similar Names

Owain is pronounced similarly to Ean, Eann, Eian, Eoin, Euan, Ewin, Ewynn, Iain, Ian, Iwan, Juan, Wain, Wayn, Win and Yann. Other recommended names are Alain, Bain, Blain, Brain, Cain, Crain, Dain, Dewain, Duwain, Dwain, Fain, Gawain, Gwin, Kain, Odin, Oisin, Olin, Oran, Orin, Orlin, Orrin, Orsin, Orvin, Orwin, Osmin, Ossin, Ostin, Osvin, Oswin, Pain, Rain, Swain, Twain and Zain. These names tend to be more commonly used than Owain.

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