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Gender: F Meaning of Rowan: "little redhead" Origin of Rowan: Scottish and Irish Rowan's Popularity in 2012: #455

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The name of a tree with red berries that's commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches), some scholars say this name has been used for girls as well as boys since the Middle Ages, though no Rowans are found outside literature until modern times.

In the U.S., Rowan was almost unheard of as a girl's name before Brooke Shields chose it for her daughter in 2003--the year that it entered the Top 1000. It has now climbed to Number 455, making it one of the most gender neutral of names: It's currently 301 for boys.

Rowan Mayfair is a powerful witch in the Anne Rice novel The Witching Hour. A genial Irish surname choice, especially for a redhead--girl or boy.

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Famous People Named Rowan

Rowan Blanchard, American child actress
Rowan Frances Henchy, daughter of Brooke Shields

Pop Culture References for the Name Rowan

The Rowan, a novel by Anne McCaffrey
Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey
Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford, Mississippi
Professor Rowan, Pokemon Diamond professor
Rowan Webster, daughter of an EMT in the novel, Rescue, by Anita Shreve.

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