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Gender: Male Meaning of Owen: "young warrior; well-born" Origin of Owen: Welsh Owen's Popularity in 2017: #28

The name Owen is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "young warrior; well-born". Owen is ranked #28 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Owen, a resonant Celtic name, jumped 400 places between 1993 and 2003 -- and has continued to soar since then. Why do so many parents love Owen? It's a classic with a genuine history, yet it's right in step with the modern trend for two-syllable, n-ending boys' names. Owen-like choices with less tradition behind them include Logan, Bowen, and Rowan.

The legendary St. Owen was a Benedictine monk who was a follower of St. Chad.

Owen is hot in Hollywood, picked by such stars as Phoebe Cates and Kevin Kline, Ricki Lake, and Noah Wyle. It has also been seen on countless TV shows, from Party of Five to Torchwood.

In Ireland, Owen may be spelled Eoin, certain to be hugely confusing in the U.S., and Eoghan. Other similar names include the Scottish Ewan or Euan and the French Ouen.

Full disclosure: One of us has a son named Owen, who loves his name.

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Famous People Named Owen

Owen Cunningham Wilson, American actor
Owen Wister, American novelist
Owen Bento, American child actor
Owen Gerald Daniels, American football player
Owen Marecic, American football player
Owen Columba Coyle, Irish footballer and manager
Owen Lee Hargreaves, English footballer
Owen Andrew Farrell, English rugby union player
Owen Willans Richardson, British physicist and Nobel prize winner
Owen James Hart, Canadian wrestler
Owen Chamberlain, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics
Owen King, American novelist; son of novelist Stephen King
(John) Owen Danoff, American singer; son of Bill Danoff of the Starland Vocal Band
Owen Jones, British political journalist and writer
Owen Joseph Kline, son of actors Kevin Kline and Phoebe Cates
Owen Tyler Sussman, son of actress/TV host Ricki Lake
Owen Neistat, son of YouTuber Casey Neistat
Owen James Humphrys, son of radio presenters Valerie Sanderson and John Humphrys
Owen Park, son of actors Steve Park and Kelly Coffield Pecora
Owen Strausser Speer Wyle, son of American actor Noah Wyle
Owen Berry (b. 2003), son of drummer Bill Berry of R.E.M.
Owen Timothy Howard, son of actress Darlene Vogel and Mark Howard
Owen Leigh Odmark (b. 2009), son of musician Matt Odmark of Jars of Clay
Owen James Naughton (b. 2009), son of actress Kelli O'Hara and Greg Naughton
Owen Edward Pettit (b. 2009), son of singer George Pettit of Alexisonfire
Owen Haining (b. 2010), son of model Michelle Marsh and footballer Will Haining
Owen Lee Shook (b. 2015), son of actress Shiri Appleby and Jon Shook
Owen Barlett Hubbell (b. 2016), son of actress Heather Morris and Taylor Hubbell
Owen Thomas Burnett Rubulotta (b. 2018), son of CNN anchor Erin Burnett and husband David Rubulotta

Pop Culture References for the name Owen

Owen Lars, the uncle who raised Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series
Dr. Owen Harper, character on TV's "Torchwood"
Owen French, character on TV's "Drop Dead Diva"
Dr. Owen Hunt, character on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Owen Milgrim, character on TV's "Maniac"
Owen, character on animated series in the "Total Drama" series
Owen Morello, character in the TV series "One Tree Hill"
Owen Salinger, youngest child from TV series "Party of Five"
Owen Newitt, character on TV series "Vicar of Dibley"
Owen Elliot, character on TV series "Nikita"
"U.N. Owen Was Her," song from the Touhou games
U.N. Owen, character in Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" and personalized version of "Unknown"
Owen Thurman, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Owen," children's book by Kevin Henkes
Owen Grady, main character in film "Jurassic World"
Owen, character in Aphmau's YouTube series "Dreams of Estorra"
Owen Shaw, main villain in "Fast & Furious 6"
Owen Hall, character on the TV series "Quantico"
Owen Buckley character in novel "The Geography of you and me" by Jennifer E. Smith
Owen Wilson, Hollywood actor turned internet meme

Owain, Owin, Owyn

Owen's International Variations

Eóghan, Eóghan, Eoin (Gaelic) Owain, Ouen (French)


Alaina Says:


This is FamilyFunPack's youngest Son's Name! I love the name Owen btw so cool how it sounds and it looks so good when you write it on paper.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love this great name!

alexamling Says:


My sons name is Owen Michael & I love his name! We get a lot of compliments and I also like how it's short and sweet... & No nicknames :-)

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I really like it, but I'd be worried that it's too much of a normal name these days, and if I do ever have kids I don't want to give them normal names!!

Addie88 Says:


This is a nice name.

headintheclouds Says:


Owen is a very nice, distinguished yet also contemporary-sounding name. It's the kind of broad name where I'd imagine its bearer to have all kinds of personalities, from a successful professional, a sports player, laid-back go-with-the-flow guy or a nice upstanding person. But I know SO many little boys named Owen now, that I feel it's just way too popular, and I can't imagine it on anyone other than a baby or a little boy.

Hallie Says:


I love Owen on a girl but for some reason whenever I hear about a guy named Owen I picture a fat lazy guy sitting on a couch watching tv and eating pizza

Leah3456 Says:


I love how soft-sounding this name is.

jordalini Says:


I really like this name, I know too many little Owen's though :(

l_cotton Says:


Owen is the anglicized version of the Welsh Owain.

HatGirl Says:


I think this name is too cute.

MaryKathryn Says:


Too many people use this in the South and I can't stand it