Owen Name Meaning & Origin

Owen

Pronunciation: OH-ehn (key)

Origin of the name Owen:

A name of uncertain derivation. Some believe it to be from the Welsh oen (lamb). Others feel it is from the Gaelic Loghunn (youth), and yet another suggestion is that it is the Welsh form of the Latin Eugenius (well-born, noble).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Meanings and history of the name Owen

St. Owen was bishop of Rouen, France in the 7th century. He was born in Sancy, near Soissons, about 600 AD of a Frankish family. While he was still a child, his family housed and entertained the exiled St. Columban, who greatly influenced his early education. In his youth Owen was sent to the court of St. Clotaire II where he became an outstanding student. He gained the favor of the King and his son, who appointed him chancellor. While in office, Owen steadily opposed the then prevalent practice of simony (the practice of buying and selling ecclesiastical privileges and positions in the Catholic Church).

Owen, the nobleman, at a corrupt court, began to see the size and shape of the struggle to keep the light of Christianity burning. He became a monk and a monastery builder in 636. He was made bishop of Rouen in Normandy in 641, and built monastery after monastery, for he clearly saw that only throught these centers of Catholic living and learning could Europe be savedfrom darkness. He kept up his court connections, advising the weak Merovingian kings.

As a layman, St. Owen, with his zeal, piety and learning, was considered equal to any of the bishops. He gained a reputation for assisting the poor and homeless and ministered to widows and orphans throughout the kingdom.

He died on August 24, 684, and is buried near the main altar of St. Owen Church in Rouen. His feast day is 24 August.

Famous real-life people named Owen

St. Owen, Church reformer in Medieval France
St. Nicholas Owen, Catholic defender in Elizabethan England
Michael Owen, English soccer star
Owen Wilson, American actor
Owen King, American author
Owen Tudor,ancestor of Tudor dynasty
Owen Davis, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright
Owen Barfield, British Christian writer and friend of C.S. Lewis
Owen Hart, World Wrestling Federation Star
Son of Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline
Son of Ricki Lake and Rob Sussman
Owen Meredith, English Poet.
Owen Nolan, retired NHL hockey player
Owen Glendower, Welsh ruler and the last native Welshman to hold the title Prince of Wales.
Owen Wister, American writer and "father" of western fiction.
Owen Farrell, English rugby player

Owen in song, story & screen

Owen was a character in Sarah Dessen's novel "Just Listen"
Owen was a character in the TV series "Party of Five"
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving. Published in 1989.
Dr. Owen Hunt, character in TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
Owen Cauldwell, a Hufflepuff student in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Owen Reynolds, character in Nickelodeon's Supah Ninjas
Mr. Owen Blackbourne "The Ghost Bird" series

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