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According to Welsh legend, the giant's beautiful daughter Olwen had the magical power of causing white clovers to spring up wherever she walked.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2006
Though the literal meaning of Olwen is "white footprint," there is a bit of symbolism. "The path the moon takes on water" is the more accurate meaning of the name. This name is a reflection of the Celtic view of feminine nature and the energies of womanhood. The name is also Gaelic in origin, not Welsh.
bluejolt  8/3/2007
A quick note. Though the original Arthurian Legend of "Culhwch and Olwen" is Welsh, and is perhaps the most famous occurrence of this name, the name Olwen is originally Gaelic.
bluejolt  8/3/2007
According to legend Olwen fell in love. Her father loved her a lot (maybe too much) and said the only way she could marry her one true love was if she completed ten impossible tasks. Olwen was very clever and therefore completed them all and married her love.
livieluvbug  11/30/2007
I always loved that story. The girl gets things done herself and through something useful, her smarts, not her looks or any of that rubbish. I've always loved this name too! It is so pretty and delicate, yet at the same time strong. Everyone else hates it but I just can't see why.
livieluvbug  11/30/2007
Pronounced OHL-wen.
AndrewJKD  4/19/2008
I used to like this before I read the utterly dull book Keeper of the Isis Light, whose heroine is named this.
MisquotedWarrior  8/20/2008
This name is quite lovely. I think it has a nice, soft feel to it.
bananarama  10/1/2010
An under-appreciated name that could substitute for the pretty but overused Olivia and the dull, stodgy Olive.
While not spectacularly beautiful, it has a subtle charm that's enhanced by its legend, that white clover (I've also heard white lilies) grew wherever she trod.
I had a friend at school named Olwen - she was half-Welsh and as serene and lovely as her name.
― Anonymous User  4/6/2014
I'm not sure if I like or hate this name. The myth is nice. Problem is, I can't decide whether the name is pretty or ugly. It's kind of both. Not the most feminine, but still sounds and looks rather nice.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2015
Olwyn - a lovely name for a strong young girl in the fantasy I am writing. It fits her to a tee. Delicate, attractive yet not weighed down with stunning beauty, smart and resourceful. She will make a strong female character. The interpretation of "the path the moon takes on water" - I plan to make good use of that.
j142857c  9/8/2017
Much better then Owen as a girl name. I actually like Olwen for a girl more then Owen for a boy. I like many Welsh names, and this is not an exception.
XironDarkstar  10/9/2017
This is my name. It's been a difficult name to live with. Many people mispronounce it or misspell it. When I hear it pronounced correctly, it's music to my ears.
I was named after the piece of classical music, "The Dream of Olwen".
uksista65  11/30/2017

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