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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 boy names Eoin, Euan and Evan.


Owen is a very popular first name for males (#410 out of 1220, Top 34%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#455 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Owen for boys. Owen reached its highest rank of #36 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Owen name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Owen and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Owen (#36), Evan (#58), Eugene (#790), Eoin, Ewan, Euan and Eoghan. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eugene, Evan, Owen in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Owen is also pronounced similarly to Euen, Ewin and Iwan. Other suggested similar baby names are Olen, Oren, Owney and Swen. These names tend to be less commonly used than Owen.