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Meaning & History

Means "girl" in the Gumbaynggir language from mid-north New South Wales amd the name of a village near Coffs Harbour where the language originates. The word is also thought to mean "woman" or refer to "women’s business" in other Indigenous languages too. It appeared in Castleden Dove's Lowanna: An Australian School Story (1925), about a rich, worldly girl called Lowanna Laurenson. ('Everything about you seems, somehow, to fit,' she murmured. 'Name and all. It is a lovely name — Lowanna.')
Added 12/8/2006 by poetic_freedom
Edited 1/27/2023 by LMS, Frollein Gladys, babycrookston and more