What does Owen mean?
Owen \o-wen\ as a boys' 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 24 more related forms via Eoghan, Eugene: Efigenio, Efigenios, Efigenius, Ephigenio, Ephigenios, Eugen, Eugenio▼, Eugenios, Eugenius, Eugeniusz, Evgeni, Evgeny, Evgueni, Evguenni, Gene▼, Geno, Ifigenio, Ifigenios, Iphigenios, Iphigenius, Jeno, Jevon▼, Yevgeni and Yevgeny.
Owen is a very prominent first name for males (#410 out of 1220, Top 34%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#496 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Owen for boys. Owen reached its highest position of #36 in the U.S. in the year 2014. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Owen and associated names. Eoghan, Eoin, Euan, Eugene (#790 in 2014), Eugenio, Evan (#58), Ewan, Gene and Jevon are the popular related forms of Owen (#36 in 2014). Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread during 1930-1939 (usage of 0.3486%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.2116%, down 39.3%), with the versions Eugene, Eugenio, Gene and Jevon becoming less stylish. Evan (#58) and Owen (#36) are two of the more fashionable boy names in this list, and there is a rekindling in birth name popularity for both names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)