Rowen/Rowan, Winter or ... help please!

I've been thinking of changing my character, Winter's, name.

But no luck finding anything to change it to until today.

But first I'll ask: Do you think Winter is too-out-there for a boy?

Would his name & gender confuse you in a book?


I was recently inspired by "Rowen vs. Rowan" by sydneycronin.

I think Rowan would work but Rowen would make the name more unique -- & spelling is usually almost as important in literature as the actual name.

Or I might just go with Rowan.

Mostly, I'm also looking for suggestions.

I know I already had a thread about this, but I think I might need more help!


June 8, 2013 11:13 AM

TheOtherHungarian said Geoffrey of Monmouth used Rowen for a fictional character, which I was unaware of before I read that thread.

Does anyone know of any other Rowen's in literature?

June 15, 2013 1:18 AM

It really depends on your setting. If we are talking the present day real world, then yeah, a male Winter would throw me off. If it is more speculative fiction, I think it would be fine, especially if it particularly fit his personality.

June 15, 2013 12:19 PM

It's in the present day.

Thanks for commenting. :)

June 27, 2013 8:58 AM

I've just now gotten back on the site, and I don't know what your decision was, but fwiw, when I hear "Winter", I think of a young boy. I picture Rowen/Rowan older, smarter, more responsible.

June 28, 2013 8:26 PM

Thanks for your personal opinion. :)

Rowan is starting to feel like the "right" name (& Winter out of the question now), I'm not deadset on Rowan at this point, but I'm pretty close to there. 

*Right now, I'm starting to understand the a baby-can-grow-into-their-name thing, because I'm feeling this way about Rowan on the character right now.