"white spear or famous friend"

Rowena Origin and Meaning

The name Rowena is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white spear or famous friend".

A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819), which featured a heroine called Rowena of Hargottstanstede, and also a Harry Potter name, as Rowena Ravenclaw, founder of one of the Hogwarts houses.. Rowena has some old-fashioned charm, though most modern parents seem to prefer Rowen. Pronunciation, however, is NOT like Rowen with an a at the end, but with a long e and an emphasis on the middle syllable.. She was on the popularity list until 1963, several years in the Top 500.

# 961 in the US

Rowena Rank in US Top 1000

# 419 on Nameberry

Rowena Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Rowena Popularity

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Rowena in Pop Culture

  • Rowena of Hargottstandstedecharacter in "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott
  • Rowena Trevanioncharacter in "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rowena Ravenclawfounder of one of the four Hogwarts houses in the Harry Potter series
  • Rowena Morgancharacter in "Mr. Holland's Opus"
  • Rowena Greenecharacter in "Once a Witch" by Carolyn McCullough
  • Rowenaduchess character in "Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses"
  • Rowenacharacter in "Supernatural"
  • Rowenawife of King Vortigern in British legend
  • Rowenacharacter in Kevin Crossley,Holland's "Gatty's Tale"

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