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Gender: F Meaning of Rowena: "famous friend" Origin of Rowena: Welsh

A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819),which featured a heroine called Rowena of Hargottstanstede. Rowena has some old-fashioned charm, though most modern parents seem to prefer Rowan.

Famous People Named Rowena

Rowena Wallace, Australian actress
Rowena Othlie Jackson, New Zealand ballerina
Rowena Fischer Meeks Abdy, American painter
Rowenna Davis, English journalist and politician
Rowena A. Morrill, American illustrator
Rowena Webster, Australian Olympic water polo player
Rowena Moore, American civil rights activist
Rowena Cooper, Scottish actress

Pop Culture References for the name Rowena

Lady Rowena of Hargottstandestede, character in "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott
Lady Rowena Trevanion, character in "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe
Rowena Ravenclaw, founder of one of the four Hogwarts houses in the Harry Potter series
Rowena Morgan, character in "Mr. Holland's Opus"
Rowena Greene, character in "Once a Witch" by Carolyn McCullough
Duchess Rowena, character in "Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses"
Rowena, character in "Supernatural"

Roweena, Ro, Winnie, Rowen, Roe, Rowynna, Rowan, Roweina, Rowina