It's too close for comfort for me personally, but I wouldn't mind it on someone else's children. If I met siblings named Elowen and Rowan I would probably raise my eyebrows, but I wouldn't think it was really terrible. I don't think it's close enough that you'd get mixed up- the first sounds are really distinct and the syllable count is different.
I think it would be a fine sibset. Where I see trouble is if you ever have a 3rd daughter. If her name was very different, it might be weird to have one that "doesn't go." IDK, that may just be me! ;)
I think it's a bit close. Too bad, Elowen is very cute!
I'm still not sure if my sudden love for the name is clouding my judgement or what. It sounds different to me, but I can see how others would think they are way too close. Those damn W's!
@tintri, we are only having 2 children anyway, so that won't be an issue!
I think Rowan and Elowen would be smashing together! If you were planning on having more children it would be painting yourself into a corner, but you're not, so who cares? Besides, they last syllable is pronounced differently: ro-UHN and eh-LOH-en. I like the (rather subtle) tree connection as well.
I don't think they're too close, I think they'd make a great sibset! They are different enough in pronunciation that I don't think you would have a lot of mix ups or confusion, and the tree meanings are a subtle but sweet connection.
They're close but it works.
It definitely seems like more people are saying Yes than No...
@ottilie, I worry that because you are English, you might enunciate the names more clearly than Americans would. People have a habit of syllables running into each other and almost slurring the name, especially in the South.
I guess it's probably not a good idea... I see too much confusion happening.