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Gender: M Meaning of Rowan: "little redhead" Origin of Rowan: Scottish and Irish Rowan's Popularity in 2015: #219

Rowan -- a strong surname and nature name (it's a tree with red berries)-- is deservedly growing in popularity. Some scholars identify Rowan as originally a girl's name, related to Rowena and Rhonwen, while others say Rowan's always been used for both genders. Sharon Stone chose the Roan spelling, which also relates to the reddish color, for her son, while Brooke Shields used Rowan for her daughter. Yet another increasingly popular spelling is Rowen.

Probably the most prominent bearer of the name is Rowan Atkinson, the British comic actor first seen on the sitcom Blackadder, but even better known for his Mr. Bean persona.

In 2015, the gender split for Rowan was running 2 to 1, boys over girls.

Famous People Named Rowan

Rowan Douglas Williams - the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson - comic actor
Rowan Michael Maida (b. 2004) - Son of Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida

Pop Culture References for the name Rowan

Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey
Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford, Mississippi
Professor Rowan, the Pokemon professor of the Sinnoh region
Prince Rowan, character from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series
Titular character of the Rowan book series by Emily Rodda
Rowan Whitethorn, character from Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series

Rowen, Roan, Rohan, Rowe, Rowen, Rowney, Rowyn

Rowan's International Variations

Ruadhan (Gaelic)