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Gender: M Meaning of Owen: "young warrior; well-born" Origin of Owen: Welsh Owen's Popularity in 2015: #36

Owen, a resonant Celtic name, has jumped almost three hundred places in a decade, with every indication it will go higher. Why do so many parents love Owen? It's a classic with a genuine history, yet it's right in step with the modern trend for two-syllable, n-ending boys' names. Owen-like choices with less tradition behind them include Logan, Bowen, and Rowan.

The legendary St. Owen was a Benedictine monk who was a follower of St. Chad.

Owen is hot in Hollywood, picked by such stars as Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline, Ricki Lake, and Noah Wyle. It has also been seen on countless TV shows, from Party of Five to Torchwood.

In Ireland, Owen may be spelled Eoin, certain to be hugely confusing in the U.S., and Eoghan. Other similar names include the Scottish Ewan or Euan and the French Ouen.

Full disclosure: One of us has a son named Owen, who loves his name.

Famous People Named Owen

Owen Cunningham Wilson, American actor
Owen Wister, American writer
Owen Bento, American child actor
Owen Daniels, American football player
Owen Marecic, American football player
Owen Strausser Speer Wyle, son of American actor Noah Wyle
Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist and Nobel prize winner
Owen James Hart, Canadian wrestler
Owen Allred, former prophet of the AUB
Owen Chamberlain, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics

Pop Culture References for the name Owen

Owen Lars, the uncle who raised Luke Skywalker in In Star Wars: A New Hope
Dr. Owen Harper, character on TV's "Torchwood"
Owen French, character on TV's "Drop Dead Diva"
Dr. Owen Hunt, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Owen, character on animated series "Total Drama Island," "Total Drama Action," and "Total Drama World Tour"
Owen Morello, character in the TV series "One Tree Hill"
Owen Salinger, youngest child from TV series "Party of Five"
Owen Newitt, character on TV series "Vicar of Dibley"
Owen Elliot, character on TV series "Nikita"
"U.N. Owen Was Her", song from the Touhou games.
U.N. Owen, character in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and personalized version of "Unknown"
Owen Thurman, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Owen," children's book by Kevin Henkes
Owen Grady, hero of "Jurassic World"
Owen, character in Aphmau's YouTube series "Dreams of Estorra"

Owain, Owin, Owyn

Owen's International Variations

Eóghan, Eóghan, Eoin (Gaelic) Owain, Ouen (French)