Name: Rowan

Origin and Meaning of the Name Rowan

  • Meaning:
    Little red one
  • Origin:
  • Meaning:
    Rowan tree
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  • Gender:
    Both
  • Pronunciation:
    (RO an); (RO wan)
  • Form of:
    Itself (Rowan)
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Miscellaneous Info for Rowan

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    One form of Rowan comes from the Gaelic word for red, ruadh, and a Gaelic diminutive suffix. The other form, from the tree, comes from a Norse word for the European plant. This word refers to the red leaves and berries of the rowan tree.

    Rowan Williams is the current Archbishop of Canterbury, and Rowan Atkinson is a British comedian, famous for his 'Mr Bean' sketches.

    Actress Brooke Shields firstborn daughter is named Rowan.

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