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

Olwen Origin and Meaning

The name Olwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white footprint".

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 giant's beautiful and gentle daughter Olwen has the magical power to cause white clovers to spring up wherever she walked--an enchanting image. There's a darker side to the story too, in which Olwen's marriage curses her father to die.

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.

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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.