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Rowan name meaning

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in 2010
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What does the name Rowan mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Rowan

User Submitted Origins

Celtic
46%
Gaelic
36%
English
18%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Washington, U.S., the name Rowan is of Celtic origin and means "The red one, like the Rowan tree with red berries. Rowan tree also know as a witch wood, healer tree or tree of thor, it has a lot of celtic meaning".
  2. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Rowan is of Celtic origin and means "My son is called Rowan, which means the 'Red One'. The tree of the same name has been called this for millennia due to the fact that in the depths of winter when the trees are bare, the Rowan holds on to it's bright red berries which stand out. Rowan is a two part name with Row or Rue, meaning red and relating to French rouge and Spanish rojo. The second part 'an' or un simply means one and relates to many languages".
  3. A submission from Palestinian Territory says the name Rowan means "Little red haired one" and is of Gaelic origin.
  4. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Rowan is of Celtic origin and means "Little red haired warrior".
  5. A submission from Texas, U.S. says the name Rowan means "Little red warrior" and is of Celtic origin.
  6. 2 people from the United States and Canada agree the name Rowan means "Little Red".
  7. A submission from Washington, U.S. says the name Rowan means "little red headed boy" and is of Celtic origin.
  8. A submission from Washington, U.S. says the name Rowan means "It refers to the Rowan berry tree a tree native to the Scotland area" and is of Scottish origin.
  9. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Rowan means "The European Mountain Ash Tree's berry".
  10. According to a user from Vermont, U.S., the name Rowan is of Celtic origin and means "Little redhead".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Row"an
Rowan tree.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Eurasian tree with orange-red berrylike fruits
Wiktionary

Anglicised from the Irish saints' name Ruadhán (“little red one”), or as a surname from Ó Ruadháin (“descendant of Ruadhán”).

  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name from Irish.
  3. A female given name from English of modern usage, often associated with the rowan tree.

Notable Persons Named Rowan

Notable Persons Named Rowan

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson is a physical comedy, satire, and black comedy comedian. Rowan was given the name Rowan Sebastian Atkinson on January 6th, 1955 in Consett, County Durham, England.

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Rowan Blanchard

Rowan Blanchard is an actress. She was most active from 2010 to present. Rowan was born on October 14th, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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David Oakes

David Oakes is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to 2008. David was given the name Rowan David Oakes on October 14th, 1983 in Fordingbridge.

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Gavin Menzies

Gavin Menzies is a pseudohistory writer. Gavin was given the name Rowan Gavin Paton Menzies on August 14th, 1937.

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Route 94

Route 94 is a deep house and dubstep record producer and remix. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Route was given the name Rowan Tyler Jones on December 6th, 1993. Route is also known as Dream.

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Rowan Robertson

Rowan Robertson is a hard rock and heavy metal music musician. He plays ESP Guitars, Charvel, and Marshall Amplification. He has had major accomplishments since 1990. Rowan was born on November 22nd, 1971 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rowan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rowan

Erick Rowan

Erick was born on November 28th, 1981 in Minneapolis.

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Kelly Rowan

Kelly Rowan is an actress, model, and actor. She has been prominent since 1984. Kelly was born on October 26th, 1965 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Dan Rowan

Dan Rowan was a comedian. Dan was given the name Daniel Hale Rowan on July 22nd, 1922 in Beggs, Oklahoma. He breathed his last breath on September 22nd, 1987.

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Peter Rowan

Peter Rowan is a bluegrass music, progressive bluegrass, folk music, country music, country rock, folk rock, psychedelic music, and tejano music musician. He plays Guitar, Vocals, and Mandolin. He has been prominent since 1963. Peter was born on July 4th, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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Marc Rowan

Marc Rowan is an investor and philanthropist. Marc was born Marc Rowan in 1962.

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Carl Rowan

Carl Rowan was a government official, journalist, and author. Carl was given the name Carl Thomas Rowan on August 11th, 1925 in Ravenscroft, Tennessee. He died on September 23rd, 2000.

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  • Andrew Summers Rowan
  • John Rowan
    Secretary of State of Kentucky
  • Stephen Clegg Rowan
    Military Person
  • Ellis Rowan
  • Archibald Hamilton Rowan
  • Norrie Rowan
  • Sir William Rowan
    Military Person
  • Athol Rowan
    Cricketer
  • Joseph Rowan
  • Thomas E. Rowan
    Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Captain John J. Rowan
  • Jack Rowan
    Baseball Player

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rowan U.S.
  White 87.26% 64.26%
  African American 7.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rowan

People with the last name Rowan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rowan

  • What name lists does Rowan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rowan? Rowan is the 1,175th most popular name of all time. As a last name Rowan was the 2,581st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rowan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 40,722 babies born with the first name Rowan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rowan to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rowan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rowan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rowan is Wednesday, January 17th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Rowan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rowan was in 2019 with a total of 3,204 babies. That's a lot of babies named Rowan!
  • Random Rowan Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rowan ranks 103rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 13 babies in South Dakota have the same name in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Rowan: The name spelled backwards is Nawor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Rnwao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rowan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,993 people with the last name Rowan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rowan? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Rowan as their last name.
  • Rowan name meaning

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