Meaning and name origin
Owen \o-wen\ as a boy's name is pronounced OH-en. It is of Scottish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Owen is "born of yew; youth". Variant of Eoghan. Also variant of the Latin name Eugenius (see Eugene). It may also derive from an old Celtic name meaning "born of Esos", referring to a god with a cult in Gaul. Owen Glendower was a 14th-century Welsh chieftain who fought unsuccessfully for Welsh independence from England. Common outside Wales since the 18th century. Author Owen Wister; actor Owen Wilson.
Owen is a very popular first name for males (#410 out of 1220, Top 34%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#455 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Owen for boys. Owen reached its highest rank of #36 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Owen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Owen (#36), Evan (#58), Eugene (#790), Eoin, Ewan, Euan and Eoghan. (2014 statistics).