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What does Owen mean?

Owen Pronunciation of Owen [owen] 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.

Associated with: scottish, greek, yew (tree), old, gaul (roman), chieftain (king), england, 18th century.


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

Affiliated boy names: Eoin, Euan and Evan.

Owen has 4 more related forms via Eoghan, Eugene: Eugen, Gene, Geno and Jeno.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Osen, Ower, ..

(female) Owan, Owenna, ..

How popular is Owen?

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 history of Owen for boys. Owen reached its highest position of #36 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Owen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Owen outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Below is a charted analysis of the history of Owen and associated names. Eoghan, Eoin, Euan, Eugene (#822 in 2015), Evan (#67), Ewan (#1284), Gene, Geno and Owens are the popular related forms of Owen (#36 in 2015). Adoption of these relations of Owen was more pronounced a century ago (median #1205) and is almost as widespread today (#1420, 16.6%), but with versions like Eugene becoming less stylish. Owen is the most fashionable boy name in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Owen, Eoin, Eugene, Evan, Ewan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Gene, Geno, Owens in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Owen is pronounced similarly to Ean, Eann, Eian, Eion, Eon, Euen, Ewin, Ewynn, Iain, Ian, Ion, Iwan, Juan, Wain, Wayn, Win, Winn, Wyn, Wynn and Yann. Other suggested similar names are Aden, Alen, Aren, Asen, Ben, Bowen, Bren, Deen, Den, Eben, Eden, Even, Glen, Iven, Keen, Ken, Len, Obed, Odin, Odon, Ogden, Ohed (see Ohad), Ole, Oleg, Olen, Olin, Olyn, Omer, Oran, Orel, Oren, Orin, Oron, Orren, Orsen, Orwin, Osei, Osten, Oswin, Oswyn, Oved, Owney, Pen, Ren, Rien, Rowen, Ryen, Sten, Sven and Swen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Owen.

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