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Gender: Female Meaning of Olwen: "white footprint" Origin of Olwen: Welsh

The name Olwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white footprint". Olwen and is often added to lists like Best Girl Names Starting with Vowels and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

Olwen is a Welsh favorite, the name of a legendary princess in what is believed to have been the earliest Arthurian romance, and in fact one of the first recorded examples of Welsh prose.

In this tale, Cuthwch and Olwen, the beautiful giant's daughter Olwen has the magical power to cause white clovers to spring up wherever she walked--an enchanting image.

Olwen is a Bronwen alternative for those with a taste for the more unusual. Those who like Olwen might also want to consider such other Welsh girls' names as Anwen, Rhonwen, and Nolwenn.

24's Xander Berkely and Sarah Clarke used the Olwyn spelling for their daughter.

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

Famous People Named Olwen

Olwen Elizabeth Carey Evans, daughter of British Prime Minister David Lloyd George
Olwen Brookes, English actress
Olwen Fouéré, Irish actress
Olwen Margaret (Buck) Wymark, American playwright
Olwen Hufton, English historian
Petula Sally Olwen Clark, Welsh pop singer

Pop Culture References for the name Olwen

Olwin, Olwyn, Olwynne, Olwenn


danirose01 Says:


I love how this name looks, but when said aloud it might cause "Owen" confusion.

katheryn Says:


Has a magical sound -- and a more "authentic" feel to me. Short list.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


Really pretty, I love Welsh names and this one has a lovely meaning :) also the nickname Ollie works nicely.

Mirimouse Says:


Growing on me more by the day!

Saffron_Rice Says:


The name of a beautiful part-Welsh friend of mine. A lovely underused name.

clairels Says:


Since I first heard it, this name has gotten stuck in my head like an earworm. I think I might be sort of obsessed with it.