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What does Bowie mean?

Bowie Pronunciation of Bowie as a boys' name is of Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Bowie is "blond". Colonel James Bowie, scout and originator of the knife that uses his name. Former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn.


ASSOCIATED WITH scottish, gaelic, blond (white), knife (warrior)



(male) Bone, ..

(female) Bowied, ..

Bowie Davian (B.D.), ..

How popular is Bowie?

Bowie is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#3036 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Bowie entered the list in 2016 and reached its highest position of #982 in the U.S. in the year 2018. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Bowen (#431 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) is the only other prominent alternative form of Bowie (#982). Adoption of these forms of Bowie is at its highest today (ADOPTION OF 0.05%). Bowen is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Bowie appears to be becoming a favorite too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Bowie, Bowen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Bowie and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Bowie is alike in pronunciation to Bo and Boe. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Boase, Bobbie, Bodie, Bodin, Bodine, Bogie, Boid, Boine, Boni, Boone, Boote, Boris, Borne, Bowden, Bowin, Boyce, Boyde, Boyne, Brodie, Cobie, Codie, Corie, Cowrie, Dewie, Hewie, Hobie, Howie, Jodie, Jorie, Kobie, Kodie, Louie, Mosie, Tobie, Tomie and Tonie. These names tend to be more frequently used than Bowie.

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