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Brooke Shields has a young daughter named Rowan Francis.
― Anonymous User  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. (
― 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.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2014
I think the name Rowan is strong, handsome, masculine, smart-sounding, mature and beautiful. It definitely suits boys more so than girls.
― Anonymous User  10/17/2014
Rowan is very male sounding to me. I named my son Rowan. My husband suggested it and since I liked the name Owen and Ronon, Rowan was a good compromise. I love the way it sounds with his middle name which is Fisher :) not happy that people are naming their girls Rowan though!
Cherylama  10/31/2014
AMERICANS PLEASE STOP GIVING YOUR DAUGHTERS MASCULINE NAMES. IT'S NOT CUTE OR FLATTERING IN THE LEAST BIT. Rowan is for a boy ONLY and there's a reason why the other countries don't have it labeled as "unisex"
Rowan is simply a males name that sadly, people feel the need to slap it on a girl because it is "suitable" to that gender as well.
No it is not.
What's next may I dare ask; Thomas for a girl?! Oh brother...
― Anonymous User  11/4/2014
My 10 month old daughter is Rowyn. It fits her so well. It doesn't matter if you, or anyone else thinks it fits a girl or not. I honestly had picked the name wether she were a boy or girl. Every one loves her name.
mom2roandjo  11/13/2014
My 11 month old daughter is Rowan Elizabeth. I think it goes well with my 6 year old daughters name Cordelia Katherine.
11b  12/19/2014
Our daughter's name is Rowan Olivia. We didn't pick it because we wanted to name our daughter a unisex or "masculine" name. That is her name because we loved it and we love trees. The Rowan Tree is very special and spiritual. She is named Olivia after her grandpa who is Oliver. That's the thing with having your own children. Only you know why and how you came to give them their own special name.
rowansmom  12/22/2014
Rowan is a boy's name, boy's name, boy's name and I have lived in the States all my life. I see nothing feminine or unisex about the name whatsoever.
― Anonymous User  5/26/2015
Rowan Grace is my sister's name. I think of it as a very unisex name because I have met many people - both female and male- with the name Rowan. To me it has a very down to Earth name. It reminds me of a river with trees all around and animals and stuff. That's just my personal opinion. Then again, my name's Mackenzie, which most people think is a masculine name and my sisters name is Eden! So in all honesty, if you like the name, for a boy or a girl, use that name and don't listen to all the people on here who think it's strictly a one gender name. I have a friend who's a girl named Carson because her parent's liked the name. That's just my total honest opinion.
Mackenzie Elizabeth  7/10/2015
Personally, I think this name is VERY feminine. I can't imagine naming a boy Rowan, probably because I've never met a male with that name. I only know two Rowans; one the female protagonist from Anne Rice's witch book series and the little girl of an acquaintance. If I were to name a girl this name I would probably change the spelling to Rowen as I like the way it looks.
Also, it's pretty offensive to come on here to condemn anyone who would name a girl Rowan. Be nice.
erikaglenn  7/22/2015
Rowan is a good name for both females & males. Great if you're looking for a new name like me (i am genderfluid and I would prefer a unisex name) this and sage are tied!
― Anonymous User  8/8/2015
I had my daughter on 07/27/2014 and her name is Rowan Caroline-Nell! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the name Rowan for a girl :) however, I do get that people are entitled to their own opinion but you don't have to be so rude about it. My mother's name is Terry and she named me Devon. She got my name idea from 2 places. One from a female actress on a soap from 1981 and the other from Devon, England. So I guess I have carried on the unisex name in my family! Also, my beautiful baby girl Rowan has RED HAIR!
devon226  8/14/2015
I'm tired of this argument, shut up. It's unisex for a reason. If you're pissed off about this comment, fine, deal with it. If you have this much time to argue about a name then how 'bout you do something productive. PS. I know both a male and a female with name, male: me female: some girl from Disney.
Rowan265  8/21/2015
This is the name of the main character in the 13 Secrets series. She's such a strong a unique character, and I love her.
al84  9/24/2015
This is my friend's name. I personally think 'Rowan' should be more popular, as it suits both genders quite well.
AwesomeHumanBeing  10/3/2015
So let me get this straight.

Boys names: Roman, Ronan, Ronin, Bowen, Cohen, Owen... But Rowan is unisex? WTH? Where's the logic in that? Oh I forgot, it's fashionable to give your daughter a boy's name now.
― Anonymous User  10/7/2015
I love the name Rowan for both a boy and a girl. However I prefer it slightly more on a girl. I would use the name in reference to the Rowan tree which is very beautiful. I've also only ever met one Rowan, she was a girl.
Aili_Helen  10/24/2015
I am glad to see Rowan rising as a girl name. I have always found it to be quite feminine and earthy sounding. One day, I'd like to name my daughter Rowan.
DustyDarlin  10/29/2015
To the people who are making such a big deal of this, get a life. My youngest is Rowyn. To me it reminds me of Eowyn from lord of the rings. It also is similar to Robyn. It's not the most masculine name that's ever been placed on a girl before. Now if people started naming their girls Marcus or Matthew that is a different story.
mom2roandjo  11/8/2015
Please stop naming your daughters Rowan. This is a boy's name.
― Anonymous User  11/23/2015
I think the name can be used for both genders. It sounds feminine and graceful but at the same time it sounds strong and hardy. I come from Scotland and I believe my name comes from the Rowan tree with its beautiful berries. For every one who thinks it is only for girls or boys, it is suitable for both genders as there is a different meaning of Rowan for each gender.
RowanwithGrace  12/13/2015
The name Rowan sounds very feminine and earthy to me.
Someone naming their child Rowan should know that it is a gender neutral name.
Rowan is a nice, soft name for a boy, however I prefer it on a girl.
GracefullyYours  12/28/2015
Rowan is a beautiful name. It is gaining in popularity, however I do not think it will reach the top 10 or even top 25 in the next decade, making it a fairly safe bet that your little Rowan will be the only one in her class. I do prefer the traditional spelling, Rowan, although I've seen it spelt Rowen and Rowyn. Rowan is very nice for a girl and will age well. It is also very nice for a boy, but I wouldn't use it as I wouldn't want my son mistaken for a girl.
― Anonymous User  12/28/2015
I do not like this name at all. For a boy or a girl. It sounds like a cheap knockoff of the name Roman.
― Anonymous User  2/11/2016
My daughter's name is Rowan Siobhan. She was named after Anne Rice's character in the Mayfair series and because of the meaning of "little red one". She was born 3 days short of being born under the Gaelic zodiac sign of the "Rowan".
― Anonymous User  2/15/2016
To those who dislike the use of boy names for girls, you might be interested to know that the first known use of the name Rowan dates back to medieval times and was, in fact, a derivative of the name Rowena, making it a girl's name. It has proven, throughout history, to be a truly unisex name, however, as it was, in later (and different) cultures, a surname, and therefore used more commonly for boys. Just because it was not used for females first in America does not make it a masculine name, and if you want to get very, very technical, it is actually a female name. That said, for anyone interested, or for what it's worth, I have met an equal number of males and females (I worked in pediatrics for years) named Rowan. I have found them equally fitting and pleasant, have never felt either was too masculine or feminine, and never met anyone else that did either. In the media (books, celebrities, etc.) I have encountered more female Rowan's. I would consider this name for my sons or daughters, love the symbolism of the Rowan tree, and appreciate the sound and rarity of the name. Please, do not discourage others on the male/female use of this particular name based on its use in the states, as it dates back much farther than that. Also, if you recall, Ashley was once a boy's name as well and is now considered to be very feminine. Not all names belong specifically to one sex. Respectfully.
― Anonymous User  2/22/2016
My name is RAWAN "ROWAN" and I'm a girl.
And the spelling of my name is "R A W A N". My name is an Arabic name and it means "a river in paradise". In Arabic countries the name is ONLY for girls, not for boys.
Rawan  2/29/2016
Rowan in Gealic beliefs is the tree that the first woman was born from. This is a great name for both girl and boy. It's a name for a proctor and healer.
Cperk1993  4/7/2016
My name is Rowan and I am girl. I am 14 currently. It's hard having this name because a lot of people think I am a boy before they meet me. If you look up my name online it says I am a boy and I often get mail for Men's Warehouse.
rowan_the_person  5/5/2016
I think that this name is so earthy an adorable. I'm currently pregnant right now and me and my boyfriend are stuck on the name Rowan for a girl or boy! We find out in less than a month. Although I'm really into unique names that you don't hear a lot, I don't know any Rowans. But I know about the Rowan Tree. I don't see how it sounds too masculine. I think it sounds elegant. If my baby's a girl I'm going to either go with Rowan/Rowyn Haven Jade, or if the baby's a boy it's going to be Rowan Nova Dawn. My name's Hannah and that's also everyone else's name lol, so you can see why I want to give my baby a unique name. This name is totally usable for both genders.
tweekster_16  5/6/2016
Definitely more of a male name, and a nice one at that. I like the sound of it, but it's not particularly a favorite of mine. I don't see anything feminine about it; instead of Rowan for a girl, why not use Rowanne or Rowena?
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
Suits either gender. For a girl, why not try Rowena or Rowanne?
Eileen1209864  6/8/2016
My little boy's name is Rowan Thomas, he was born in January. For me I love the name and have only personally met boys with the name, however I am aware it's unisex. Also a Scottish colleague of mine had it for if she ever had a girl (over 30 years ago). May sound silly, but I love the way the name writes.
I have an older son whose name is Ewan Edward and I couldn't decide on the baby's name as I loved Rowan but thought that they sounded too similar. I'm so glad we went with our gut and chose Rowan as I love them together and often get comments on the children's names and how they compliment each other.
MJleech  6/22/2016
This is a girl's name on boys, not a boy's name on girls. If people are so mad about girls being named Hadley and Andrea, why do they let people take a feminine name and make it only male? I hate Rowanne, it is trying too much. Leave this to girls.
Eileen1209864  6/22/2016
I named my daughter Rowan Elizabeth in 1997 (before Brooke Shields named her daughter Rowan.) I wanted a strong and uncommon name for my daughter. In the Fall of 2016, she will attend a small private women's college in Roanoke Virginia. We were surprised to hear that there are three Rowan's entering the freshman class. (There are only about 1, 000 students at the college.)
― Anonymous User  7/22/2016
I like the name Rowan better as a girl, but it probably must be because I'm a girl and my name is Rowan.
Rowan Mary  8/20/2016
My name is Rowan and I am a girl. Please it is for both boy and girl. My mom picked the name bacause she loves Anne Rice and she thinks the Rowan tree is beautiful and when she saw me I was beautiful. So please, it is for both female and male.
Rowanroblox Risabels  9/20/2016
My daughter was born in 2010 and her name is Rowan. I have not regretted the name AT ALL, and we have never met another Rowan. I will say that I live in the south and people find it really hard to pronounce... they say "Rollin". I just asked her if she liked her name and she said, "No way! I wish it was Rosie!"
Tristynmarie  10/3/2016
My daughter is Rowan... the only one in her school. However she just met a younger boy in daycare... also a Rowan. People state they prefer male or female assignment... but it is truly a name that both a girl or boy grow into. Great name!
christinemcg  10/17/2016
In England, the Rowan tree was believed to protect against witchcraft and enchantment.
pukeko  12/13/2016
Do not 'try Rowanne or Rowena' for a girl - name your children whatever you want to! My mum called me Rowan 24 years ago because she just loved the name (because of the beautiful tree) with absolutely no idea that it was a unisex name, and she cannot understand my annoyance when people assume my name on paper refers to a man. However, I do think it is much easier for your children if you give them a name which doesn't invite the question 'I'm sorry, what did you say? What's your name?' This is very annoying.
― Anonymous User  12/24/2016
I've only known men with this name. To me it sounds very off on a girl.
dancingbear  1/3/2017
I don't think anyone has mentioned Rowan Blanchard, an American actress and activist.
akg1ltmr  2/4/2017
My daughter is Rowan Therese, born May 2015. I loved the named Rohan for a boy and we really didn't have a girl's name picked out that we loved as much. When we found out she was a girl, I never could think of another name that felt right; I just couldn't get Rowan out of my mind. I changed the spelling to a w for our girl, I would have used an h for a boy. Her middle name is Therese after her grandmother. I love the sound of the names together; it sounds like Rowan Tree. The Rowan tree is a beautiful tree rich in folklore and fables. We love the earthy/nature style of her name. I also love that the letters can be rearranged into NO WAR. Sometimes people think it's a boy's name, but I think it's beautiful for a girl and it's unique without being too different. I have taught for over 10 years and have never had a student, boy or girl, named Rowan. We did meet a little girl at target recently named Rowan, so I know they're out there, just not too many. At least not yet anyway! My Rowan is almost 2 and calls herself Row Row. Nicknames we call her are Rowboat, Miss Boat, Row Row, Rowie T.
AnneCeleste  4/2/2017
I'm a 23 year old (female) Rowan. It isn't a terribly common name in the States for either males or females, so I get less of the "isn't that a male name?" thing here. In fact, because Americans are generally unfamiliar with the name, the main issue has been people mispronouncing my name. Not once has an uber driver pronounced my name correctly. They always pronounce it "Ro-WAHN", rhyming with John or Juan. At this point, I don't even bother correcting people. I got some odd looks when I was studying in the UK, but at least there people knew how to say my name! I go by my conventional middle name when I'm ordering coffee (and they still manage to botch it sometimes).

I do wonder if having an unconventional name will prove to be an obstacle to finding a job that pays more than minimum wage when I finish school. I've considered legally changing my name so my middle name is my first name and Rowan is my middle name just for the sake of my future career.
roroyourboat  9/18/2017
I prefer Ruadhán. It sounds much more masculine, and is more unique.
XironDarkstar  1/26/2018
My last name is Rowan, it is a Gaelic name. My family is from Ireland and Scotland back where this name originated from . It is from a very religious tree called the Rowan, or mountain ash. In my family's history our great parents believed the first woman came from this tree. They also believe that if you hang two twigs over your door in the shape of a cross tied with red thread you will be protected by evil and demonic spirits. There is also another legend of my name and it is once the cross is hung over your door a female fairy named Rowan will protect you from the storm and demons. It will be in a never ending battle. That is why I don't want this name. I feel it describes me- I fight for my people in an invisible battle. Some of you reading this will know to let the others pass by. But this is what the name means. Give it to your offspring and they may or may not join.
Brookeisnoweeper  3/13/2018
My name is Rowan and I am very happy for this to be my name. It has always fit me in many ways. First of all I’ve always been slightly more mature and interested in very different things from most of my friends. I’m also 13 and I like the tree comparison considering I am 6’3. If you saw me you probably couldn’t imagine the name on a girl. My family mostly consists of Irish rooted people with a little British and German mixed in. Only place it doesn’t fit is my brown hair.
― Anonymous User  3/27/2018

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