Scottish and Irish
"rowan tree; little redhead"

Rowan Origin and Meaning

The name Rowan is both a boy's name and a girl's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "rowan tree; little redhead".
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.
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Famous People Named Rowan

  • Rowan Douglas Williams104th Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Rowan Sebastian AtkinsonEnglish actor/comedian
  • Rowan Wingate RobertsonEnglish rock guitarist of Bang Tango and DC4
  • Rowan Joffeson 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
  • Rowan Dancy (b. 2018)son of Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy.

Rowan in Pop Culture

  • Rowanprofessor of the Sinnoh region in video game Pokemon
  • Rowanprince in Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey series
  • Rowanbook series by Emily Rodda and its main character
  • Rowan Whitethorncharacter from Sarah J. Maas's "Throne of Glass" series
  • Rowan Donoghuecharacter from The Sims video game series
  • Rowanyoung boy in "Lego Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures"
  • Rowan University in GlassboroNew Jersey
  • Rowan OakWilliam Faulkner's home in Oxford, Mississippi
  • Rowan Khannacharacter in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery

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