Owen, a resonant Celtic name, jumped 400 places between 1993 and 2003 -- and has continued to soar since then, entering the Top 25 for the first time in 2016. 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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