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Quick Facts on Rowan

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, Gaelic, Irish, Nordic
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 426
Simple meaning:
Little red head

Characteristics of Rowan

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rowan

Rowan is an anglicized version of the Irish male name Rúadhán, from the Gaelic word for “red-haired” or “little red one”. The name was borne by a 6th century Irish saint in County Tipperary who has been venerated as one of Ireland’s Twelve Apostles. Saint Rúadhán gave the prophecy that the Celtic pagan king Diarmait would be killed by the roof-beam of his hall at Tara. The king thus had the beam removed and cast into the sea. Unbeknownst to him, the beam had be retrieved from the sea and placed in the hall of Banbán. While on a circuit of Ireland, Diarmait arrived at the hall where the beam fell on him, killing him, and so Rúadhán’s prophesy is fulfilled. Rowan is an Irish name that denotes certain physical attributes, in this case, red hair. It has mainly been considered a masculine name in Ireland, but Rowan is also used on little girls. The feminine Rowan is usually associated with the Scandinavian word for the attractive Rowan tree with clusters of bright red berries. In this case, Rowan is believed to come from the Old Norse “raudnian” meaning ‘getting red’. Red is obviously the recurring theme with the name Rowan. In Celtic tradition, the rowan tree was revered for its balance between beauty and stamina. It was also honored for its protective qualities symbolized by the tiny five-pointed star at the base of each crimson berry. These berries also attracted songbirds which the Celts saw as an omen of goodwill.

Popularity of the Name Rowan

Rowan is a darling name for a baby girl. Although the name has ancient and masculine Irish/Gaelic roots, there’s still something fresh-faced and modern about it. Remarkably, as a female given name in America, Rowan has only been around since 2003. This also happened to be the same year that Brooke Shields named her first daughter Rowan Francis. For both the male and female gender, Rowan has been only moderately successful and seems to be faring slightly better for the baby boys (time will tell). We love the “red-headed” reference which adds some fire and spunk to the name’s essence. It’s an interesting alternative to more popular names like Ruby or Scarlett (also with “red” etymological roots). Rowan is different and underused enough to make it a non-trendy, original choice.
Popularity of the Girl Name Rowan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rowan

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rowan

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rowan

    Rowan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Rowan.

  • Popular Songs on Rowan

    Popular Songs on Rowan

    Oh Rowan Tree - a song by John McDermott

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rowan

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rowan

    Rowan Hood Returns (Nancy Springer) - Guy Longhead. Jasper of the Sinister Hand. Hurst Orricson. Holt, also Orricson, brother of Hurst.To anyone else, just four names. But to Rowan Hood, the gentle healer who has waited two long years to put names to the men who murdered her mother, they are fuel to feed her desire for revenge. And so she leaves the rowan grove that had become her home in Sherwood Forest, and along with her friends, sets off to seek these men. Yet she finds that the closer she draws to them, the farther she feels from the healer she has become. Nancy Springer has written a dramatic, stirring final chapter to a series that has only grown stronger with each new tale. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Rowan Hood: Outlaw Girl of Sherwood Forest (Nancy Springer) - Rosemary has nowhere to go when her beloved mother dies. She has never met her father-the outlaw Robin Hood-and she's grown up among the woodland creatures her mother loved. So she decides to change her name to Rowan, disguise herself as a boy, and undertake a perilous journey through Sherwood Forest, in search of Robin Hood. But how will she find him? And will he offer her a home? The Booklist gave it a starred review: "This tale is a charmer, filled with exciting action, plenty of humor, engaging characters, and a nice fantasy twist." Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Rowan of Rin: Book One (Emily Rodda) - Bravest heart will carry on when sleep is death, and hope is gone. Rowan doesn't believe he has a brave heart. But when the river that supports his village of Rin runs dry, he must join a dangerous journey to its source in the forbidden Mountain. To save Rin, Rowan and his companions must conquer not only the Mountain's many tricks, but also the fierce dragon that lives at its peak. This is the first book in a series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Rowan of the Wood (Christine Rose) - Winner of the Indie Excellence Award for Young Adult Fiction. After a millennium of imprisonment in his magic wand, an ancient wizard possesses the young boy who released him. When danger is nigh, he emerges from the frightened child to set things right. Both he and the boy try to grasp what has happened to them only to discover a deeper problem. Somehow the wizard's bride from the ancient past has survived and become something evil. Full of magical adventure, the Rowan of the Wood fantasy series will certainly appeal to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Recommended for ages 10-14.

  • Famous People Named Rowan

    Famous People Named Rowan

    Famous People Named Rowan - Rowan Atkinson (actor, aka Mr. Bean); Rowan Scarborough (journalist); Rowan Williams (Archbishop of Canterbury)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rowan

    Children of Famous People Named Rowan

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Rowan - Brooke Shields (actress); Chantal Kreviazuk (Canadian singer-songwriter)

  • Historic Figures

    Rowan - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rowan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rowan.

Personality of the Girl Name Rowan

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rowan

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