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Gender: Male Meaning of Bowen: "son of Owen" Origin of Bowen: Welsh Bowen's Popularity in 2017: #458

The name Bowen is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "son of Owen". Bowen is ranked #458 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Cool Cowboy Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Bowen is a Celtic surname representing two separate Celtic strains, one Welsh and one Irish, and entered the US Top 1000 for the first time in 2011.

Football Hall of Famer Drew Brees named his son Bowen, as did a recent reality show couple looking for the perfect name to 'brand' their baby. It does have the appealing nickname Bo.

Find other names based on Bowen using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Bowen

Bowen Dow Stassforth, American Olympic swimmer
Bowen Lockwood, Australian rules footballer
Bowen Christopher Brees (b. 2010), son of football player Drew Brees
Bowen Michael Stagliano (b. 2016), son of reality TV personality Michael Stagliano ("Bachelor Pad")
Julie Bowen, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Bowen

Bowen, Main character in 1996 film "Dragonheart"
Bowen Ashby, character in Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden trilogy
Bowen Marsh, character in the Game of Thrones series
Bowen, birth name of the Red Ranger from Power Rangers Mystic Force
Tommy Bowen, character on TV's "Haven"
Carter Bowen, character on TV's "Arrow"
Carter Bowen, character on TV's "American Gothic"

Bow, Bowin, Bowie


merlynhawk Says:


Way back in 1976 I went to high school with a boy named Bowen Roberts. And boy did I have a crush on him! And I've never actually known anyone else with this name. And as you might guess, because of my crush I've always really liked this name.

iipostmvh Says:


I agree!

Jfchapman Says:


My husband loves Bo and I love Rowan. Seems like a perfect compromise!

Heather Sheward Dratwa Says:


We named our son Bowen Wesley in 1999.

FeatherWrites Says:


My cousin has this name! I think it's very cute yet also very handsome, and overall a great name.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Very cute. I love the nickname Bo, but it's too short on its own. I don't like Beaumont or Beauregard, so this is a perfect compromise!

indiefendi2 Says:


A handsome way to elongate Bowie or Beau!