eh-LOW-en (Cornish); EL-oh-wen

Elowen Origin and Meaning

The name Elowen is a girl's name of Cornish origin meaning "elm".

A beautiful modern Cornish nature name that is rapidly picking up steam in the States: even spawning variant spellings like Elowyn and Elowynn. In its native region, it wasn't widely used as a name before the twentieth century, when the Cornish language was revived. A (currently) unique member of the fashionble El- family of names, it has a pleasant, evocative sound.

The traditional Cornish pronunciation is with stress on the middle syllable: eh-LOW-en. But most English speakers seem to pronounce it with first-syllable stress, perhaps on the example of more familiar names like Eleanor and Elodie.

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Elowen Popularity

Famous People Named Elowen

  • Elowen S.American child actress; twin of sister Willow

Elowen in Pop Culture

  • Elowencharacter in Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s graphic novel "Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire"
  • "Elowen and the Bramble Bush" Cornish folktale
  • Lake ElowinCalifornia meaning "a place beyond the setting sun"
  • Elo (star) wen (lady)meaning in Tolkien's Elvish