Rowan 🔥

Gender: Female Meaning of Rowan: "rowan tree; little redhead" Origin of Rowan: Scottish and Irish Rowan's Popularity in 2019: #229

Rowan Origin and Meaning

The name Rowan is a girl's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "rowan tree; little redhead".

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. It's also a genial Irish surname choice, especially for a redhead – girl or boy.

In the U.S., Rowan was almost unheard of as a girls’ 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 about one girl named Rowan for every two boys.

Rowan Mayfair is a powerful witch in the Anne Rice novel The Witching Hour.

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Rank in US: #229

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Pop Culture References for the name Rowan

Rohan, Roanna, Rowen, Roanne, Roan


ivyblossoms Says:


I love this name! My cousin is named Rowan Matilda :)

BookSneakersMovie Says:


I love this name so much for boys and girls! It’s so magical and it’s absolutely beautiful.

MissHenty Says:


You had the name well ahead of the curve, its getting very run of the mill and common now sadly but will always sound special to your generation which is great. So many Roman Rowan Rohan's now. Very trendy. So many different spellings. Both girls and boys using the name - but getting increasingly popular for girls now

MissHenty Says:


I see people choosing this name for their daughters thinking they want something familiar but ‘a bit different’. Then quickly regret the choice as it’s so similar to a whole host of other names especially RoMan which is racing up the charts and is current fastest rising boy name. Will be top 10 very soon on current trajectory. Also Rohan/Roan etc yawn. All so similar.
Plus if you’re wanting a ‘nature name’ take note: it’s originally a Scottish name after the “Rowan tree”, but Rowan tree is pronounced rhyming with “cow” or “row” (not the best connotations). So if you really want a nature name you should pronounce it like that even though it’s not a nice sounding word.

Mummatobe2020 Says:


Yeah I agree and it inevitably gets shortened to Row which sounds really unfished and like Row your boat

Mummatobe2020 Says:


Loads of girls being given this name now. Over 100 in UK each year and numbers growing and top 100 name for girls (not boys) in Scotland. It’s too similar to loads of other names though. Rowan/Rohan/Roman blah blah getting a bit run of mill as all in top 100 and Roman with M fastest rising boys name so be prepared for that name to continue to come from nowhere and explode. It’s the next Noah and Theo

MissHenty Says:


My dislike of it is only recent in that in 2019 it is very similar to other popular names in the top 100. RoMan is now well within the top 100, nearly top 50 and is still rising fast

MissHenty Says:


Yes it always gets shortened to Row so depends if you like that nn or not

MissHenty Says:


Oh wow love the name Briar that’s gorgeous. Like Rowan too but the problem with RoWan in 2019 in both the UK and US is that the name is becoming increasingly popular *at the same time* as RoMan is (both names are now well within the top 100 names in the UK and rising fast). To a lesser extent names like RoHan and RoNan are also becoming more popular. As a result many parents at my local baby groups are having to specify their child is “RoMan with an M” or “RoWan with a W”.

I sadly think this name would have been perfect 5-10 years ago but not anymore unfortunately as it is too same-y and ripe for confusion.

MissHenty Says:


The problem with RoWan now in both the UK and US is that the name is becoming increasingly popular *at the same time* as RoMan is (both names are now well within the top 100 names in the UK and rising fast). To a lesser extent names like RoHan and RoNan are also becoming more popular. As a result many parents at my local baby groups are having to specify their child is “RoMan with an M” or “RoWan with a W”.

I sadly think this name would have been perfect 5-10 years ago but not anymore unfortunately as it is too same-y and ripe for confusion.

CJ Says:


Why not get your name legally changed then?

CJ Says:


I love that name combo!

Jay Williams Says:


I'm sorry you've had this kind of experience, I guess it depends on how many Rowans other people have met (I've only met one other, and it was a little girl). As a Rowan I used to hate the name, but that was mostly because it wasn't very common and people couldn't spell it. Nowadays I like it, and get a lot of compliments on it when I introduce myself. I still use the name Rachel at starbucks though... I hope you fall in love with your name one day!

Jay Williams Says:


I (as a girl Rowan) don't think I've ever been mistaken for a boy. The only thing I've been mistaken for is my twin sister Aidan, though I'm sure she's been mistaken for a boy quite a few times!

Jay Williams Says:


Ah man, as a Rowan I really love names like Rhoan, they just look so cool to me. Nice choice! ;D

Jay Williams Says:


I believe there are separate pages for both male and female versions

Jay Williams Says:


My mom calls me RoRo sometimes... I used to hate it when people sang "Row Row Row Your Boat"! It's funny to me now though :P

Jay Williams Says:


Almost exact same story here. I was born in 1998, so my mom didn't choose it because of Brooke Shields. I've only met one other person with the name, a little girl at a mall (I got very confused to hear another lady calling my name). I hear "oh, that's such a pretty name!" a lot, so I do recommend the name. My mom chose it because my family is Scottish and she wanted the name to be kind of unisex. My sisters are named Cameron and Aidan (Aidan being my twin).

ro Says:


bruh i'm a female named rowan and would not wish this name on ANYONE idk how all these other female rowans have never had problems i literally meet people all the time who expected me to be a boy because of my name. dreadful i have hated it for 19.75 years now and will hate it until i die stop naming your children this

funnybunny771 Says:


Love <3

NameLover 11 Says:


This is my number 1 name for boys and girls!! It's just PERFECT!

smartie352 Says:


In general not really a fan of names that are more popular for boys given to girls, but for me Rowan is an exception. It doesn't sound harsh like a lot of boys names do and it has credits as a nature name, which makes it a unisex name in my opinion.

Megan Madill Says:


We named out daughter Rowan Olivia and she fits the name perfectly as both are beautiful! I have met both girls and boys with this name and I think that's fine, I like unisex names for girls. But I have to say that when I hear it I can't help thinking of a girl. Even when applied to a male. Plus, I have seen it in books and movies with girls as Rowan's

Revolutionarygirl Says:


I have always loved the name Rowan. Originally I had it for either gender but my husband prefers it as a girls name and we just found out we are having a little girl so her name will be Rowan October. With the nickname Rori or if they are so inclined they can call her Tobie from her middle name, which my husband loves.

LeiAriel Says:


That's funny! The only Rowans I know are girls. I like the name.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


Huh. Two months ago I preferred Rowan on a boy. Now I love it on both genders after seeing TheCubHouseVlogs and their adorable family :) I especially love it with a feminine middle name. Like Genevieve, Cordelia or Evangeline.

Griffin Says:


.... Rowan has always been a unisex name. It's also Irish and ENGLISH in origin, as 'Rowan' specifically is the anglicized version of the original Irish. It spread to Scotland, but did not originate.

Seriously, if you're going to put up facts, at least spend actual time getting it right.

Shaybaby1 Says:


I don't see how this name became so wildly popular for girls. I cringe every time I see or hear it. Am I the only one that pictures Mr. Bean's derpy face every time I hear it?? Not something I'd ever dream of tacking on my daughter. Let alone the fact that it sounds extremely masculine.

Fluffykitten101 Says:


I don't have a reason but I really struggle picturing Rowan on a girl. In my head it's as masculine as Richard.

Alsace Says:


When I was pregnant with my daughter, this was one of the top names on my list. Unfortunately my husband didn't like it. Our daughter is a red head too so Rowan would have been perfect! I'm very happy with the name we chose but I'm still in love with Rowan. Maybe I'll still be able to use it someday.

littleredone Says:


As a female Rowan, there is nothing that annoys me more than people saying 'Isn't that a boys name?' haha, and I'm sure the opposite is true for male Rowans when they encounter people who have only met female Rowans. I still absolutely love my name, and I love to hear about baby girls being called Rowan. Many people tell me how unusual and lovely my name is and I would encourage any parents considering Rowan as their baby's name (though I am completely biased) not to be deterred by it's unisex nature, all of the female Rowans I have met (which has been a fair few considering how uncommon it is) have not had a problem with this. I have yet to meet a male Rowan so I can't speak for them though.

RSH Says:


I'm a male Rowan. Glad you think my name is so pretty, but honestly, better as a boy name. Hope these girl Rowans don't get tired of being mistaken for boys.

FantasticOctopus Says:


I like this name, but I'm not sure if I would ever use it myself.

Hylian Wizard Says:


I love Rowan and Avery as girl's names. So they're extra beautiful together!

Courtnee Says:


I named my daughter Rowan GraceLeigh and everyone loves her name. It fits her perfectly.

Rowan k Says:


Im called Rowan but im male so shouldn't it say unisex instead of Female

RowanKate Says:


I named my daughter Rowan Kate. We call her Ro frequently. She loves her name. I hate when people call her RoRo but tolerate it since she doesn't seem to mind.

RowanKate Says:


I know what site you speak of! They are rabid over there over the name Rowan!

Periberry Says:


I prefer this on a male

auroraelizabeth24 Says:


This is my daughter's name although we spelled it Rhoan and her middle name is Marie. We call her Ro for short. Everyone we run into tells us how pretty and unique her name is.

Tori Says:


I named my daughter Rowan Briar. I think it's a great name, though, I am a bit biased. :)

Alsace Says:


I love this name but my husband just hears "rowing" :(

meg_cheers Says:


I like the name Rowan, mostly for girls especially paired with the middle name Gray. I think Rowan Gray sounds sophisticated but is also unique.

Elena_Allyn Says:


My best friends name is Rowan and I think it's a beautiful name. We call her Row all the time and she loves the nickname as well!

rachelle Says:


I named my daughter Rowan Rae, I absolutely love her name I had never heard it as a boy name until everyone at her doctor office thought she was a boy because of her name. They only thing I hate is that she gets called Row or Rollo and it drives me up the wall.

CaitlinNatalie Says:


I named my daughter Rowan Avery and I just love the name! It's unisex but when I put it with another unisex name, it's sounds like a beautiful little girl's name, like my daughter's.

Catastroffy Says:


I can't see this as a girl but it is a nice name.

DaisyBee Says:


I think this a beautiful, unusual, natural name. It's a nature name which doesn't sound too hippy or too prissy. Like a lot!

flowercait Says:


I really like the name Rowan but I only know a boy with the name.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I only began hearing Rowan as a name recently. I'm not a big fan of it, but it sounds equally unisex to me.

faithnamer Says:


I've only known female Rowans, so I have no problems with it on a girl. I'm not too fond of the name though.

Guest Says:


I'm surprised there's no vehement hatred in the comment section. On another site people HATED Rowan on a girl. I think it's perfectly fine