Owen - Meaning of Owen
[ 2 syll. o-wen, ow-en ] The baby boy name Owen is pronounced as OWAHN †. Owen is used predominantly in the English, Irish, and Welsh languages, and it is derived from Celtic, Old Greek, and Welsh origins. Welsh origin, English and Welsh use: The name is of debated origin; it could be of the Welsh 'oen' or 'eoghunn', or else it could have evolved as a Welsh form of Eugene in the sub-Roman era, or else it could be from an Old Celtic name meaning 'born of Esos' in reference to the minor Celtic god Esos or Aesos from Gaul. The older form of the name, Owain (Welsh) or Yvain (Welsh), was borne by a knight of the Round Table and son of King Urien in Arthurian legend. It was also borne by the Welsh revolutionary Owain Glyndwr (1354-1416), whose name was Anglicized by Shakespeare as Owen Glendower. Owain is still sometimes encountered in today's use.
In addition, Owen is a variant (English, Irish, and Welsh) of the name Eoghan (Gaelic, Irish, and Scottish).
Owen is also a variant (Welsh) of the name Eugene (English and French).
Owen is also a variant (Welsh) of the name Evan (Scottish, English, and Welsh).
The name Owena (Welsh) is the female version of Owen.
The name Owen is used to a great extent; it has 25 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Ouen, Owaen, Owaene, Owaine, Owan, Owane, Owayn, Owayne, Owein, Oweine, Owenn, Owenne, Owens, Owin, Owine, Owinn, Owinne, Owon, Owyn, Owyne, Owynn, Owynne, and Uaine. Owain (Welsh) and Ywain (Irish) are foreign variants of Owen.
Owen is very popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also viewed as trendy. The name's popularity has been rising since the 1960s. At the recent peak of its usage in 2016, 0.510% of baby boys were given the name Owen. Its ranking then was #23. In 2018, its usage was 0.481% and its ranking #25, and it was the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2018, Owen was twice as popular as the next most popular name, Evan.
† Pronunciation for Owen: OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Owen:
Actor Owen Wilson, born 18 November 1968, Dallas, Texas.
Poet Owen Meredith, born Edward Robert Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 8 November 1831 - 24 November 1891, England.
Revolutionary Owen Glendower, born 1354 - 1416, Welsh Marches, Wales.