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.
(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 2014. (Top Baby Names, 2014)
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.
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.