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Brooke Shields has a young daughter named Rowan Francis.
-- Destry  4/13/2005
Famous bearer is Rowan Atkinson, British actor.
-- Anonymous User  5/17/2005
The name was taken from the Rowan tree.
-- Kae Kae  6/9/2005
For boys, Rowan is used with the Gaelic "little red one" meaning and origin behind it. For girls, though, the name came into use because of the tree, and is not in relation to the Gaelic background and English male name, Rowan. At the time (late 1800s), nature and gem names were popular to bestow upon females, thus how this particular name became popularized on the female gender. It is a truly unisex name that sounds quite becoming on either gender.
-- Anonymous User  8/22/2005
The name "Rowan" is derived from the Old Norse name for the tree, raun or rogn. Linguists believe that the Norse name is ultimately derived from a proto-Germanic word *raudnian meaning "getting red" and which referred to the red foliage and red berries in the autumn. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rowan)
-- Anonymous User  11/1/2005
It's featured in the book Rowan Hood by Nancy Springer.
-- lunalovegood  1/8/2006
Also seen it spelled Roan.
-- Anonymous User  5/27/2006
Another spelling is Rowen.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2006
According to British Columbia vital statistics, for the year 2005 14 girls were named Rowan and 27 boys were named Rowan.
-- Anonymous User  9/4/2006
I really like this name. It has an earthy yet noble feel to it. I like it as a boys' name better than a girls'.
-- Kitten  11/22/2006
This name seems very masculine to me, sorry.
-- bellaboo  12/25/2006
I had actually never heard of this name as a first name until a few months ago. It sounds like a masculine name to me, but everytime I hear it I think of a girl in my TAG whose last name is Rowan.
-- bobcat_explorer  1/13/2007
I love the name Rowan. I prefer it on a boy but I understand that it is a unisex name so it doesn't sound bad on a girl either. But I just prefer it on a boy that's all.
-- EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  1/17/2007
I love the way Rowan sounds and I much prefer it on a boy. The only thing I have against it is its rise in popularity.
-- Lisa007  3/24/2007
I think that Rowan is very masculine, but Rowen could be more feminine.
-- Anonymous User  4/20/2007
Rowan Love is one of the main characters in the Ally's World books, by Karen McCombie.
-- DontDissMadison  5/2/2007
It bothers me when people say this is too feminine for a boy. UGH! Okay, it's really trendy on girls, and so much nicer on boys. It may be soft, but that doesn't make it too girly for a boy. I love Rowan on a boy. It's really quite handsome. Rowan Elijah is a very nice combo!
-- Sarah Elizabeth  5/13/2007
I think this is a classy name. It seems more suitable for a guy though.
-- Zan11  5/23/2007
As long as your surname isn't North, South, East or West, this would be a very nice name for a boy. Just paired with those surnames makes it sound like "rowing north" or something.
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2007
I love this name. It is one of my favorite names right now. I like it much better on a girl than a boy. Emmeline Rowan is one of my favorite combos ever.
-- sharonrenee  9/10/2007
I like Rowena, even though it is not really the same name. It has a different meaning, but it's mostly the same.
-- flamestar  12/29/2007
I love this name and thinks it works well for a boy or a girl-- I would love my name to be Rowan, but I definitely don't think it's effeminate for a boy. It has such a smooth, soft, strong sound.
-- delia  3/25/2008
My favourite girls' name! Prefer it for a girl to a boy.
-- Anonymous User  4/24/2008
If you can get past the Rowan Atkinson association, this is quite a great name for a guy. Besides, the actor won't be talked about much by the time a child named Rowan in the recent years is in school. It sounds nice, strong, simple, and mature, like Owen and Ewan. However, this name is too damn popular, and it's used for plenty of girls nowadays, so it might go through the same process as Ashley, Courtney, Lindsay, and Morgan, so that people will think of it as feminine for a guy. Unlike those names, however, this name really does sound strictly masculine to me, and I don't really understand its popularity for girls. It sounds more like the surname a tomboy would go by because she hates her feminine name. The name sounds quite harsh for women. On the other hand, feminine names don't have to sound soft either, it's just that people are culturally accustomed to names like this being used on males. It's been going on so long that certain names just don't sound ''right'' on the other sex.
-- slight night shiver  5/4/2008
I usually have a hard time finding female names I like, but I think this is a great name for a girl. To me it sounds very earthy and has a more serious feminine quality to it. It lacks the usual lightness of most girl's names which I like. I was thinking of the combination Rowan Noel for my soon to be daughter as it sounds feminine and earthy, but Noel gives it a more joyous sound. I was surprised however that the name seems to have been becoming much more popular as I had never heard of it before until just recently. I am nervous about that since I don't want to give her an overused name.
-- Jeszika  10/22/2008
This name in particular is very regal for a boy. So soft and not heard of every other child. Rowena is pretty for a girl.

And who can forget Rowan Oak; the house of William Faulkner? That place is amazing!
-- _0TophasNails_1  11/23/2008
It has the added bonus (for me, anyway) of being an anagram for "No War"!
-- medieval_maiden  3/30/2009
This name makes me think of the rowan tree. For some reason, I'm not really keen on it as a person's name, though I usually like nature-inspired names. It also makes me think of Rowan University in New Jersey.
-- Anyechka  7/27/2009
This is one of my son's middle names. My boyfriend comes from an Irish heritage so it is perfect for a red headed boy or girl. I had no idea it was popular when I picked it, I have never met a Rowan and have only heard of one.
-- skytal  1/19/2010
Rowan Mayfair is the female protagonist of Anne Rice's novel "The Witching Hour" (first in a bestselling series called "Lives of the Mayfair Witches.") The character is a witch who has red hair, and it is also commented on that the Rowan tree was used to ward off evil.
-- faye  3/21/2010
This is one of my favorite names. It's beautiful and strong. I think it is a unisex name but I prefer it for a girl. It seems too graceful for a boy.
-- Lady_Pup_30  4/27/2010
It sounds pretty, but I've been put off this name because I associate it with Rowan Mayfair from "The Witching Hour". The author made her incredibly slutty and that's what I think of when I hear the name. If the character weren't such a harlot I might like the name. It does sound kind of masculine too.
-- Anonymous User  5/21/2010
Very masculine to me.
-- Chrila96  12/5/2010
I much prefer this way to spell the name Rowan, as opposed to "Rohan" or "Roan". I knew a Rowan at University and it suited him as he had flaming red hair! Definitely more suited to a boy than a girl, in my opinion.
-- aussiejess  5/4/2011
Rowan is more of a boy's name. Use Rowena for a girl instead.
-- Hushpuppy  6/27/2011
I can't imagine this as a female name. It sounds far too masculine! It would make a great name for an attractive, strong willed man.
-- GibsonGirl  9/10/2011
I have only ever met grown woman with the name Rowan. It's very strong and responsible. It's a bit of a mouthful for a child, but they grow into it well. I tend to think of it as a woman's name, but it works for a boy. Just give him a very manly name to pair with it.
-- Cuss10  2/10/2012
Rowan Blanchard (born 2001 in Los Angeles, California) is an American child actress.
-- Anonymous User  8/10/2012
Rowan a boat. I am not a fan of these modern names at all.
-- Anonymous User  6/5/2013
I really love this name. I used to know a little girl named Rowan. Personally, I think it could work for both boys and girls. But, while I do really like it as a female name, I prefer it for a boy's.
-- KatieFisCosetteF  8/8/2013
Of course I love 'Rowan' because it's my son's name. The only other person I've met with this name was an 80 year old greeter at SAMs Club. Although it's growing in popularity, my son is almost 11 and we have yet to meet anyone his age with the same name; I'm happy about that. Hey, you can't fault parents for choosing this name, but none of us want our kid to share a name with half his class. Rowan as a girls name is great, too. I also love 'Roman' as a girl or boys name.
-- Bluefield  11/20/2013
My name is Rowan, female, born in 1960, English, never met anyone else with the name Rowan in my younger years, except Rowan Atkinson (born 1955). I've always loved my name, I think because it was so unusual, although it is more commonplace nowadays. It's fitting for female or male.
-- rowan60  12/15/2013
My name is Rowan, I'm female, I pronounce it different to most people and I'm often corrected by people how to pronounce my own name, I pronounce it as if you're having a row (argument) rather than rowing a boat, it's the Manx way.
-- Rowie  2/26/2014
My 13 year old son is named Rowan. We liked that it was also the name of the Mountain Ash tree, which grows everywhere in the UK. He was born in England and dad is English. While not very common, it is not unusual in England at all. I love his name, glad to see it is getting more popular here.
-- Anonymous User  3/19/2014
My name is Rowan. I have always loved my name, because it is not common, I have only ever met one other person named Rowan and we were both so excited to meet each other. To me it is rare without being outrageous. It's just right. I am a girl so the name will always sound more feminine to me but I still think it is a nice name, regardless of the gender of the person who owns it. It is a beautiful name, give it to your babies :)
-- -Rowan-  4/13/2014
I think the name Rowan is beautiful for a girl, but a little rough for a boy. I once read a book about a girl named Rowan because there was a Rowan tree outside of her mum's bedroom window when she was pregnant.
-- Maisie  4/29/2014
I love the name Rowan for a girl. I think it has a strong beauty to it. To me it sounds fun, modern, and vibrant. Even though most of the bearers of this name are male, I think it eventually may go the way of Robin, Ashley, and Morgan... even Cameron seems to be heading in that direction. Isn't it interesting that (to my knowledge), the reverse is never true. A name never starts off as a female moniker that over time drifts into a male moniker.
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2014
I knew a girl named Rowan. She was really nice and in college. She liked to make puns about rowing, because Rowan and rowing sound similar.
-- KarenAurora  5/31/2014
Rowan is a fictional character who's the second oldest out of Queen Mab's sons, first briefly seen in The Iron King and then actually appears in The Iron Daughter & The Iron Queen which are written by Julie Kagawa.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  6/28/2014

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