Rowyna Name Meaning & Origin
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A variant spelling of Rowena, with known usage in the variant form at least as far back as the early 20th Century. It might refer to fair-haired or horse-haired or some other reference or association with horses, via the Welsh, or it might mean something more akin to bright with glory and joy or Bliss of my Desire via Old English etymology.
While the original meaning is unclear, what is known is that Rowyna/Rowena is unrelated to the Norse name Rowen which refers to the red buds on a tree and therefore leads to associations between Rowan and redheads. What we can be sure of is that Rowyna/Rowena is associated with royal families and with women of beauty, in history and in literature.
Rowyna would work well as an alternative or honor name for Rowan/Rowen/Rowena, Robert, Roger, Roman, Robin, Lyn/Lynn, Wynona, Wyatt, Wynn, Wynslow, Wayne, Rose/Rosa/Rosalyn, Roan, Rohen, Rory, Romeo, Elowyn, Bronwyn, Gwyn/Gwendolyn, Eowyn, Gwynevere/Guinevere, Oswin, Gwyndolyn/Gwendolen, and even for names like Linden, Brendan, Justin, Lochlan, and Addison.
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Ro, Wynn, Wynie/Winnie, Rowen/Rowyn
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The Rowena name and spelling was popularized by Sir Walter Scott's 1819 novel Ivanhoe (in which the Lady Rowena's purity and beauty inspired chivalry among her suitors), but the name itself dates back at least to the 12th Century when the Welsh historian Geoffrey of Monmouth included it in his history of the kings of Britain (as Ronwen, Renwein, and Romwenna) and before that to the 9th Century in Nennius' History of Britain (that Rowena/Rhonwen also being a beauty.)
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Popularized in the 19th Century by Sir Walter Scott's 1819 novel Ivanhoe, it is found in two ancient history books about British kings and their wives.