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Gender: M Meaning of Rowan: "little redhead" Origin of Rowan: Scottish and Irish Rowan's Popularity in 2016: #182

Rowan -- a strong surname and nature name (it's a tree with red berries)-- is deservedly growing in popularity. Some scholars identify Rowan as originally a girls’ name, related to Rowena and Rhonwen, while others say Rowan's always been used for both genders. Sharon Stone chose the Roan spelling, which also relates to the reddish color, for her son, while Brooke Shields used Rowan for her daughter. Yet another increasingly popular spelling is Rowen.

Probably the most prominent bearer of the name is Rowan Atkinson, the British comic actor first seen on the sitcom Blackadder, but even better known for his Mr. Bean persona.

In 2016, the gender split for Rowan was running around 2 to 1, boys over girls.

Famous People Named Rowan

Rowan Douglas Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, English actor/comedian
Rowan Wingate Robertson, English rock guitarist of Bang Tango and DC4
Rowan Joffe (b. 1973), son of producer Roland Joffe
Rowan Michael Maida (b. 2004) , son of singer Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida
Rowan Thomas Lidge (b. 2009), son of baseball player Brad Lidge
Rowan Pavelka (b. 2010), son of trainer/TV personality Jessie Pavelka and actress Sitara Hewitt
Rowan James Nesmith (b. 2015), son of Savannah Mooney and Stone Nesmith of TV's "16 and Pregnant"
Rowan Form (b. 2016), son of producer Andrew Form and actress Jordana Brewster

Pop Culture References for the name Rowan

Professor Rowan, professor of the Sinnoh region in video game Pokemon
Prince Rowan, character from Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series
Rowan, book series by Emily Rodda and its main character
Rowan Whitethorn, character from Sarah J. Maas's "Throne of Glass" series
Rowan Vheris, character from Prince Kenzie's "Pleasure Doing Business" (a Wattpad story)
Rowan Donoghue, character from The Sims video game series
Rowan, young boy in "Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures"
Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey
Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford, Mississippi

Rowen, Roan, Rohan, Rowe, Rowen, Rowney, Rowyn

Rowan's International Variations

Ruadhan (Gaelic)