Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. O-wien(Welsh)

Meaning & History

Probably a Welsh form of EUGENE, though other theories connect it to Welsh eoghunn meaning "youth". This was the name of several figures from Welsh history and mythology. In Arthurian legend Owain (also called Yvain in French sources) was one of the Knights of the Round Table, the son of King Urien and husband of the Lady of the Fountain. His character was based on that of Owain ap Urien, a 6th-century Welsh prince who fought against the Angles. This name was also borne by Owain Glyndwr, a 14th-century leader of Welsh resistance against English rule.

Related Names

VariantsOwen(Welsh) Yvain, Ywain(Arthurian Romance)
Feminine FormOwena(Welsh)
Other Languages & CulturesEugenios, Eugenius(Ancient Greek) Yauhen(Belarusian) Evgeni, Genko, Geno(Bulgarian) Eugen(Croatian) Evžen(Czech) Eugene, Owen, Gene(English) Eugène(French) Uxío(Galician) Eugen(German) Evgenios(Greek) Eugenio(Italian) Eižens, Jevgēņijs, Jevgeņijs(Latvian) Eugenijus(Lithuanian) Evgenij(Macedonian) Ugène(Norman) Eugeniusz(Polish) Eugênio(Portuguese) Eugen(Romanian) Evgeni, Evgeniy, Evgeny, Yevgeni, Yevgeniy, Yevgeny, Genya, Zhenya(Russian) Eugen(Slovak) Eugenio(Spanish) Evhen, Yevgen, Yevhen, Yevheniy(Ukrainian)
Surname DescendantsBowen, Owen, Owens(Welsh)


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Entry updated November 20, 2020