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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.ro-EE-nə
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Meaning & History

Meaning uncertain, possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic name derived from the elements hrod "fame" and wunn "joy, bliss". According to the 12th-century chronicler Geoffrey of Monmouth, this was the name of a daughter of the Saxon chief Hengist. Alternatively, Geoffrey may have based it on a Welsh name. It was popularized by Sir Walter Scott, who used it for a character in his novel 'Ivanhoe' (1819).
VariantRowina

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currently out of the US top 1000, fame, feelings, happiness, Harry Potter characters, history, Latinizations, literature, Supernatural characters, uncertain etymology
Entry updated May 31, 2018   Contribute