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What does Rowan mean?

Rowan Pronunciation of Rowan [rowan] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Rowan) is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Rowan is "little red-head". Also the name of a flowering tree with red berries.

Associated with: gaelic, little, red, tree.


Rowan has 4 variants: Roan, Rohan, Rowe and Rowen.

Related boy name: Rooney.

Creative forms:
(male) Rowand, Roxan, ..

(female) Rowbab, Rowra, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rowan Gian (R.G.), ..

How popular is Rowan?

Rowan is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#2408 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rowan entered the list in 1991 and reached its top rank of #219 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Rowen (#647 in recent rankings), Rohan (#667) and Roan (#1628) are the prominent related forms of Rowan (#219 in recent rankings). Usage of these forms of Rowan is at its highest today (average #790). Rohan is the continual favorite, though Rowan has grown trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rowan, Roan, Rohan, Rowen in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rowan is alike in pronunciation to Rain, Rane, Ren, Rian, Rien, Rion, Roane, Ron, Ronn, Roone, Royan, Ryan, Ryen, Ryon and Ryun. Other suggested similar names are Boban, Colan, Conan, Corwan, Cowan, Coyan, Doan, Dolan, Doran, Dowan, Ewan, Gawan, Goran, Hogan, Howlan, Iwan, Johan, Joran, Jovan, Juwan, Logan, Loman, Loran, Lowman, Nolan, Radwan, Rajan, Regan, Roban, Robin, Robyn, Rodas, Rodman, Rogan, Rojay, Roland, Roldan, Rollan, Romain, Roman, Romano, Ronal, Ronan, Roshan, Row, Rowdon, Rowdy, Rowl, Rowland, Rowly, Royal, Roydan, Rozen, Rylan, Sohan, Toran and Twan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rowan.

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