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Gender: F Meaning of Rowan: "little redhead" Origin of Rowan: Scottish and Irish Rowan's Popularity in 2015: #331

Rowan is the name of a tree with red berries that's commonly found in Scotland (and said to ward off witches). Some scholars say this name has been used for girls as well as boys since the Middle Ages, though no Rowans are found outside literature until modern times.

In the U.S., Rowan was almost unheard of as a girl's name before Brooke Shields chose it for her daughter in 2003 -- the year that it entered the Top 1000. Now popular for both sexes, there's one girl named Rowan for every two boys.

Rowan Mayfair is a powerful witch in the Anne Rice novel The Witching Hour. A genial Irish surname choice, especially for a redhead -- girl or boy.

Famous People Named Rowan

Rowan Eleanor Blanchard, American child actress
Rowan Reid (b. 1992), daughter of actress Margi Clarke and artist Jamie Reid
Rowan Francis Henchy (b. 2001), daughter of actress Brooke Shields
Rowan Grey Nesser (b. 2009), daughter of skateboarder Steve Nesser

Pop Culture References for the name Rowan

"The Rowan," a novel by Anne McCaffrey
Rowan Woodward, character in 2006 film "The Wicker Man"
Rowan Webster, character in "Rescue" by Anita Shreve
Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey
Rowan Oak, William Faulkner's home in Oxford, Mississippi
Rowan Blackshaw, character in A&E's television series "The Returned"

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