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Gender: Female Pronunciation: ro-WEE-na Meaning of Rowena: "white spear or famous friend" Origin of Rowena: Welsh

The name Rowena is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "white spear or famous friend". Rowena and is often added to lists like Gothic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplets (mixed)".

From the experts:

A fabled storybook name via the heroine of Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe (1819), which featured a heroine called Rowena of Hargottstanstede, and also a Harry Potter name, as Rowena Ravenclaw, founder of one of the Hogwarts houses.. Rowena has some old-fashioned charm, though most modern parents seem to prefer Rowen. Pronunciation, however, is NOT like Rowen with an a at the end, but with a long e and an emphasis on the middle syllable.. She was on the popularity list until 1963, several years in the Top 500.

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Famous People Named Rowena

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Rowena Moore, American civil rights activist
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Pop Culture References for the name Rowena

Lady Rowena of Hargottstandstede, character in "Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott
Lady Rowena Trevanion, character in "Ligeia" by Edgar Allan Poe
Rowena Ravenclaw, founder of one of the four Hogwarts houses in the Harry Potter series
Rowena Morgan, character in "Mr. Holland's Opus"
Rowena Greene, character in "Once a Witch" by Carolyn McCullough
Duchess Rowena, character in "Barbie in the Twelve Dancing Princesses"
Rowena, character in "Supernatural"
Rowena, wife of King Vortigern in British legend
Rowena, character in Kevin Crossley-Holland's "Gatty's Tale"

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