Gender: Male Meaning of Owen: "young warrior; well-born" Origin of Owen: Welsh Owen's Popularity in 2019: #21

Owen Origin and Meaning

The name Owen is a boy's name of Welsh origin meaning "young warrior; well-born".

Owen was derived from two names—the Welsh Owain and the Celtic Eoghan. Each are connected to Eugene, which ultimately came from the Greek word eugenes, comprised of the elements eu, meaning good, and genes, “born.” Owen became a Welsh patronymic surname during the Renaissance.

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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Rank in US: #21

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Famous People Named Owen

Pop Culture References for the name Owen

Owain, Owin, Owyn

Owen's International Variations

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


Mossysky Says:


I love this name but I associate it with Owen from Total Drama too much

HalloweenGirl04 Says:


I like the name Owen because it's so simple, easy and soft. I have a nephew named Owen John Daniel. I love his name.

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