Gender: Female Meaning of Rhonwen: "slender, fair" Origin of Rhonwen: Welsh

Rhonwen Origin and Meaning

The name Rhonwen is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "slender, fair".

The delicate and haunting Welsh Rhonwen is still a rarity in the U.S., where her English version Rowena is better known, but would be a lovely choice for any parent in search of a name that was both unusual and traditional, classically feminine yet strong.

Though Irish names have long been popular in America, Welsh names are just beginning to be noticed and we see them as a wave of the future. In medieval Welsh poetry, Rhonwen is called "the Mother of the English Nation," and Rhonwen Baganes was a heroine of Welsh folklore. A soft and gentle name, Rhonwen's meaning -- slender and fair -- evokes the image of a lovely, light-haired girl. Other appealing 'wen' choices include Aelwen, Arianwen, Branwen, Bronwen. Gwendolen, Olwen and Tanwen. Just don't be tempted to change the 'wen' to 'wyn', which would transform it into a male name.

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FantasyandPrayer Says:


Actually on it's own page Nameberrt also lists Rowena as a Welsh name, so something is definitely up!!!

EchoesOfAnEnigma Says:


This seems like a lovely name, reminiscent of the character Eowyn and her family in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. The only trouble is, like so many name websites, no pronunciation is given. It would be even better if Nameberry had audible pronunciation clips!

morning_glory Says:


"English version Rowena"??? Since when is Rowena a version of Rhonwen? Surely this must be incorrect.

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FantasyandPrayer Says:


This is such a lovely name, I have an obsession with Welsh names and this is one of the prettiest I've come across. I'm definitely a massive fan of this one.

Zelliew Says:


So this is how they spell it for a girl!

mabespark Says:


This is really beautiful.

Ree Jones Says:


My name is Rhiannon and I am of Welsh background, my Welsh grandfather would call me Rhonwen as a nickname, and he pronounced it RON-wIN

Jsharris18 Says:


how would this be pronounced