Given Name ROWENA

GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: ro-EE-nə  [details]

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).
VARIANT: Rowina

Categories

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