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PronouncedPron.O-wien Welsh

Meaning & History

Probably a Welsh form of EUGENE, though it might be derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth". This was the name of several figures from Welsh history and mythology. In Arthurian legend Owain (also called Yvain in French sources) was one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and husband of the Lady of the Fountain. His character was based on that of Owain ap Urien, a 6th-century Welsh prince who fought against the Angles. This name was also borne by Owain Glyndwr, a 14th-century leader of Welsh resistance against English rule.
VariantsOwen Welsh Yvain, Ywain Arthurian Romance
Feminine FormOwena Welsh
Other Languages & CulturesEugenios, Eugenius Ancient Greek Evgeni, Genko, Geno Bulgarian Eugen Croatian Eugen, Evžen Czech Eugene, Owen, Gene English Eugène French Uxío Galician Eugen German Eugenio Italian Eižens, Jevgēņijs, Jevgeņijs Latvian Eugenijus Lithuanian Evgenij Macedonian Ugène Norman Eugeniusz Polish Eugênio Portuguese Eugen Romanian Evgeni, Evgeniy, Evgeny, Yevgeni, Yevgeniy, Yevgeny, Genya, Zhenya Russian Eugen Slovak Eugenio Spanish Yevgen, Yevhen, Yevheniy Ukrainian


Arthurian legend, civil rights, Fire Emblem characters, knights of the Round Table, literature, princes, uncertain etymology, warriors
Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute