Meaning and Origin of: Rowan

Meaning and Origin of Rowan

Girl name origins & meanings

  • English : From the rowan tree; tree with red berries

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Tree with red berries

What does Rowan mean and stand for?

The name Rowan is of Old English, Scottish, and Irish origin and means "rowan tree," which is a tree with red berries, and "little redhead". It is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruadhán. It was originally used as a surname before gaining popularity as a given name.

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and Irish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Ruadháin (see Ruane). In Scotland, this name is sometimes Anglicized as Roland, while in Ireland it is often Rooney.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


According to Social Security Administration data, as a boys' name, Rowan has been increasingly popular since breaking the top 200 in 2016. It reached peak ranking at 113 in 2020. As a girls; name, Rowan has also gained popularity, though not as fast. Ranking 957 in 2003, it reached its peak at 211 in 2018. Though declining slightly, Rowan still remains in the lower-200s for girls' names.

However, it is the 13th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Rowan was at its peak popularity in July 2018.

Rowan has become increasingly popular and is thought to be a gender-neutral nature name. Perhaps the most famous bearer of the name is Rowan Atkinson, who is best known for his persona as Mr. Bean. Rowan has also been a popular choice for both daughters and sons of celebrities, including the daughter of Brooke Shields, the son of singer Chantal Kreviazuk. the son of baseball player Brad Lidge, and the son of TV personality/trainer Jessie Pavelka. The name has also been very popular in literature, representing a character in the Throne of Glass series, the Iron Fey series, the Rowan of Rin series, and the Pokemon series.

Where is it Popular?

Rowan was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Rowan

  • Row
  • Roni
  • Wynn
  • Wynnie

Pairs well with these middle names