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What does Owen mean?

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), 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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 2014. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

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

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

Below is a charted analysis of the history of Owen and associated names. Eoghan, Eoin, Euan, Eugene (#790 in 2014), Evan (#58), Ewan (#1174), Gene, Geno and Owens are the popular related forms of Owen (#36 in 2014). Adoption of these relations of Owen was more pronounced 9 decades ago (median #1205) and is almost as widespread today (#1405, 14.6%), but with versions like Eugene becoming less stylish. Evan and Owen are two of the more fashionable boy names 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.