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  1. #11
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
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    The proper spelling is Rowan.
    I'm obviously a fan.
    She does get a lot of boy confusion, but once corrected, people are all about it being on a girl.
    I like Rowena but the pronunciation is a bit of a problem. There is a main street in my city called Rowena and everyone pronounces it Row-ee-na, and I prefer Rowen-uh. So in the end, we went with Rowan. Couldn't be happier about it honestly. I love her name so much.
    Mama to ~Rowan Josephine 1/12~
    and ~Teagan Dahlia~ 5/13~

  2. #13
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
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    I typically don't like unisex or boy's names on girls but I absolutely love Rowan! I have only ever known girls with the name so I see it as no frill yet still feminine name. I picture a very strong woman that always carries herself like a lady.

    ♥ Clara Dean Lucy Dominic ♡

    Feel free to ask me anything about saints names

  3. #15
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    29
    Hmm, I'm still slightly confused on this one after reading all of the responses. I guess it is a personal choice. But sister name is Aubree which some people still view as a boy name (not myself personally!) but don't want to have two daughters in that category. I do love the nickname Ro!

  4. #17
    I love Rowan on a boy but find it too masculine for a girl. I know one Rowan, and he's a male. Rowena is a nice suggestion--hauntingly beautiful.
    Elliot ~ Silas ~ Henry ~ Gideon ~ Ezekiel
    Evangeline ~ Sophie ~ Maisie ~ Phoebe ~ Josephine

    Crushes: Jubal ~ Avery ~ Persephone ~ Seraphina

  5. #19
    Join Date
    May 2013
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    I can picture Rowan as both a girl's and a boy's name. It's interesting how much we base our perception of a name's "gender" on whether we've encountered (mostly) boys or girls wearing it. Supports my opinion that a name becomes the child, and that concepts of masculine/feminine (sounds, in this case) are often fluid and socially constructed.

    Rowena is nice but a bit too...whimsical? in my opinion. I prefer Rowan. It's a great name.

    FYI: Around 700 girls and 1100 boys were given the name Rowan last year, so it's solidly unisex in practice/usage; also, it's rising for both sexes (albeit more slowly for boys).
    Last edited by gretel; May 23rd, 2013 at 03:39 PM.

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