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Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. ro-EEN-ə
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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).

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VariantRowina
Other Languages & CulturesRhonwen(Welsh)

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