Rowan Name Meaning & Origin

Rowan

Pronunciation: ROH-ən (key)

Origin of the name Rowan:

Popular Anglicized form of the Gaelic Ruadhán (little red-haired one).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Rowan

row-boat
Row
Ra-ra
Roan
Ro-Ro
Ronly Bonly (do a search on Snopes)
Rowie
Rolio
Run
Rowan Boats

Meanings and history of the name Rowan

The Rowan tree, or Mountain Ash, is a flowering tree with red berries.

In European mythology, the Rowan tree is believed to have protective and magical properties, preventing a witch's hexes. It is also one of the favored woods to be used as a stake against vampires.

Famous real-life people named Rowan

Rowan Atkinson, actor
Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan McDonald, son-in-law of former Australian Prime Minister Howard
Rowan Lascelles, British aristocrat (born 1977)
Rowan Woods, film director
Rowan Scarborough, author, political reporter, and columnist
Rowan Gillies, M.D., one-time director of "Doctors without Borders"
Rowan Gillespie, Irish artist
Rowan Anthony Williams, British Olympic boxer
Rowan Alexander, professional Scottish soccer
Rowan Jones, pro-football player, Australian Rules
Rowan Sawers, pro-football player, Australian Rules
Rowan Nayna, pro-football player, Australian Rules

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Rowan in song, story & screen

Rowan of Rin, from the series of books by Emily Rodda

Rowan Chase, M.D., Father of Robert Chase, M.D. on the TV show House.

Rowan Whitethorn, a Warrior Fae Prince in the popular books series "Throne of Glass" by Sarah J Maas

Rowan, Fey Prince of the Winter Court in the book series, "The Iron Fey" by Julie Kagawa

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