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Owen 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 has 6 variant forms: Ewan, Ewen, Owens, Owain, Owin and Owynn.

For more information, see also related names Eoin, Euan and Evan.

Owen is also pronounced similarly to Euen, Ewin and Iwan. Other suggested similar baby names are Olen, Oren, Owney and Swen.

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Popularity of Owen

Owen is a very popular first name for males (#410 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#455 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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