Gender Masculine & Feminine
Pronounced Pron. RO-ən(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruadhán. As an English name, it can also be derived from the surname Rowan, itself derived from the Irish given name. It could also be given in reference to the rowan tree, a word of Old Norse origin (coincidentally sharing the same Indo-European root meaning "red" with the Irish name).

Related Names

VariantsRuadhán(Irish) Rowen, Rowanne(English)
Other Languages & CulturesRoy(Dutch) Ruadh(Medieval Irish) Ruadh(Medieval Scottish) Rúadán(Old Irish) Roy(Scottish)


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Entry updated April 25, 2021