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Quick Facts on Bowen

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 589
Simple meaning:
Well-born, noble; Born of the yew tree

Characteristics of Bowen

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Bowen

Bowen is the transferred use of a surname likely developed from the Welsh personal name Owain (Owen). Owain is often considered the Welsh form of Eugene, a name the English borrowed from the Old French equivalent to the Greek Eugenios (Ευγενιος) from “eugenēs” meaning “well born, noble”. The Gaelic form of Eòghann may also be connected with an older Celtic meaning “born of the yew”. The yew tree was sacred to the ancient Celts and revered almost as highly as the oak. They believed the yew symbolized immortality and had certain mystical power (which is perhaps why we often see the word “youth” also associated with Owain in our research). Owain is an illustrious name in Welsh history borne by several royal members of various kingdoms. The most familiar Owain, however, is the one who appears in Arthurian legends – Sir Owain was one of the famed Knights of the Round Table and the husband of the Lady of the Fountain (see literary references on the Owen page for more detail). Sir Owain’s legends were drawn from a real historical figure named Owain mab Urien, a Celtic prince of a northern English kingdom who battled against the Angles in the late 6th century. Written records of the surname Bowen dates back to the late 13th century and was variously recorded as “ap Oweyn”, “Boohan”, “Bohane” and “Bowen”. As a legally given first name Bowen is one of the newest surname additions; it appears only to be used in Australia, Canada and the United States.

Popularity of the Name Bowen

Bowen just landed a spot on the Top 1000 list of American boy names in 2011 which is his first appearance ever. Brand-spankin’ new to the charts, Bowen joins about 150 other surnames currently in circulation. Usage of surnames as first names has become extraordinarily trendy in the United States today; more so than in any other English speaking country. Bowen debuted on the charts at position #723 out of 1000 which is a respectable first time placement. Why the sudden emergence of this particular surname? The New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees named his second son Bowen Christopher Brees in October 2010 thus introducing this otherwise obscure name to millions of football fans. We welcome Bowen to the charts as an interesting alternative to Owen. It has an easy-going sweet sound and it’s super original. Bo is an obvious nickname.
Popularity of the Boy Name Bowen
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Bowen

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    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Bowen

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  • Popular Songs on Bowen

    Popular Songs on Bowen

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  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Bowen

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Bowen

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  • Famous People Named Bowen

    Famous People Named Bowen

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  • Children of Famous People Named Bowen

    Children of Famous People Named Bowen

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Bowen - Drew Brees (football player)

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    Bowen - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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Personality of the Boy Name Bowen

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Bowen

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