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  • Records indicate that 8,674 boys in the United States have been named Rowan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 1,138 people in the U.S. were given the name Rowan. Those people are now 4 years old.

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  • "I like the name Rowan. In fact it is my name and i love it, however, i don't think it suits girls very sorry! The only annoying thing is you can never find the name on a key ring.....but i am pretty sure i had my name before it got popular with me being born in the 90s" May. 15, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our Rowan is perfect and A BOY! He gets Row, Row Row, Rowie, Roley and Roleybear. Love him and his name. Never heard it for a girl other than Rowena. Glad his the only Rowan at his school." May. 7, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an awesome name usually for boys but is always great for girls. It makes a males seem more open while a girl bolder" Apr. 5, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan Lee in October of 2010. I loved Roman because I wanted masculine, but daddy wouldn't go for it. My son was nameless for 2.5 days, but once Rowan came up it just felt right. Although I like Rome as a nickname. I found the rowan wood tree and learned that it meant beauty and inner strength." Mar. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is called Rowan and the amount of times I've been to the dr or called on the phone and they've asked about my 'son'. This is actually a really old family name for us as it was my great grandmothers middle name and my great, great grandmothers maiden name. I have heard of a few more Rowan's now in England as it seems to be growing in popularity for both girls and boys." Feb. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We had a Rowan in February 2012 and we love the name! Nicknames, row, ro ro, Rowie..." Jan. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is rowan and i never thought i would find my name on this list. Even though its 827 its cool. I was born that year to in 2001." Dec. 27, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Rowan she is 7 months. She is a beautiful little red head! i just love her and her name.q" Feb. 23, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little boy is rowan wesley.... I saw this name when I first found out I was pregnant and my hubby didn't want to talk about names yet...as soon as we found out we were having a boy, we agreed right away on his name!" Dec. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im going to have a little boy in 2 months and am going to name him Rowan Michael simply because I fell in love with the name so much, I had no idea it was so popular because Ive never met anyone with this name. Love it!" Oct. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan Scott. I am a little worried that it is becoming a popular girl's name. Hopefully he won't get teased! I think it definitely more masculine." Jul. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named my son Rowan Alexander, born June 11th. My name is Holly (also a tree with red berries) and my husband liked it because his initials are RAD ;)" Jul. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter, 3 years, is named Rowan. everyone who i tell her name to thinks it's a beautiful name; it's not too uncommon, just enough. i got the name from the original movie 'The Wicker Man' - the little girl in that movie was named Rowan. Rowan was also born in the month of the rowan tree according to celtic astrology." Jun. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our daughter is named after the Mountain Ash or Rowan tree. It is unusual, especially for a girl, although we have met one other. I wanted something that nobody else would choose. Her middle name is Ray, so she has two boys names but it bothers her not a jot! She loves having such an unusual name here in England." May. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was Born Sept 11, 2009 He is Rowan Anthony." May. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My names Rowan and im a girl i have met only 2 people with the same name 1 a boy and 1 a girl some people think its more a boys name but it doesnt bother me !(:" Apr. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes this is my name.Very few people miss spell it.The correct way to say it is row-an.I never met a person who has the same name as mine." Mar. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY name is Rowan. It means "red head" and is named after the rowan berry tree. specifically, the boys noame is meant to be spelled RoHan, rather than RoWan, the more feminine version. Both names are pronounced as they are read, and they can both apply to EACH sex. My second name is Ciara, the irish spelling. It means "little black head". Both of my names are Irish! Some people tell me that Rowan is just a boys name. I get very frustrated, because my parents tried deliberatly to give me an unusual, nice sounding name that wasn't spelt difficultly and a name people woudn't question. So every person who loves their name, but doesn't like their friends coming up to them and saying "Rowan is a boys name (or a girls name)". Heads high, and tell everyone with the utmost dignity that Rowan is a name for both sexes and it is the name of a tree, which as far as you can tell has got as much masculine (or feminine) qualities as a dustbin!" Mar. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "im expecting a baby boy in May and we have chosen the name Rowan." Feb. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Rowan, and I have loved the name for years. It is unfortunately becoming rather common place, part of why I chose it was because I had never heard of a Rowan aside from Mr. Bean. :-) The name does suit him, like the rowan tree he isn't a huge kid, but sturdy anyway. :-) If I had to do it over I think I would have gone with the less common Roan spelling. Older people especially always think his name is Roland." Feb. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I are expecting a boy in April, and we are leaning toward Rowan. My wife loves the name, and I've been a little hesitant but the name is growing on me. I need to come up with a good middle name that flows nicely with Rowan." Feb. 3, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is my name too! It's strong for a male and beautiful for a girl." Jan. 16, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 month old daughter's name is Rowan. I picked this spelling as being more feminine since RowEn looked too much like owen. so far we get a really nice response to it =. many people haven't heard of it, but they think it is pretty,cute, and different ( in a good way). Her middle name is very feminine, Miranda. My family really hated it at first because they never heard of it, but now think it suits her perfectly." Jan. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Rowan. The only negative comment I have is that people often ask "Roland?" and I have to say "Its like Owen with an R" It drives me crazy! But I think its an adorable little boy's name and a strong adult male's name." Dec. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Rowan, she is 4 months old & I get compliments on it all the time! I occasionally have people ask me to spell it for them, but that is usually the "older" crowd because it is a name that is pretty unfamiliar to them." Dec. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We plan on naming our son either Rowan Elijah or Rowan August. Not sure which yet, I think we'll have to wait and see him to decide. Although I like the variation of "Roan". There were trees all over northern Idaho that I loved but couldn't figure out the name of until my husband came back from a trip & had met a man named Rowan & loved the name. I looked it up and the name of the tree is the Rowan Tree. I have been hooked ever since :)" Dec. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Rowen, Im a girl. My mom spelled it That way becuase she thought it would be differnent, and plus it is the correct way to spell it for a girl. It is so cool that Rowen/Rowan is becoming such a popular name. My moms grandmother gave her the idea for my name." Dec. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan James. He was born in 2007. My mother is Irish and said this was a strong masculine name for a little boy, and I couldn't agree more! He likes the nickname 'Rowbot'." Dec. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We gave this name to our baby boy born in March, although we spelled it Roan. I know of a few girls spelling it Rowan, we thought Roan looked more masculine." Nov. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 4 yr old sons name is Rowan Joshua, it suits him perfectly.. I was a little unsure at first as my wife had chosen the name but I could not see him with any other name now..I absolutely love his name. To the July 22nd author his nicknames are RowPatow, RowRow and Rojo Mojo.." Nov. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Rowan and he is 6 years old. It really feels like a boy's name to me for obvious reasons." Oct. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby boy is named Rowan and it fits him so well. I really think it sounds more masculine than feminine." Oct. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a woman called Rowan and I love my name! Growin up there were mainly boys I knew called Rowan... no girls! But since growin up i've seen plenty of other people calling their daughters Rowan. Everyone compliments me i'd rather have a unisex name rather that a name like Emma or something dull like that!" Sep. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1961 and was given the middle name Rowan, my daughter was born in 1990 and we gave her the name Rowan.Now its becoming a really fashionable name. We both love it!!" Sep. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im due with my 2nd daughter on 1-1-11 and we've decided to name her Rowan Alyx Renee. My first daughters name is Karlie Marie after both of my parents, but I absolutley adore the name Rowan for either sex!!" Aug. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're naming out daughter Rowen. We debated back and forth on the spelling and decided that Rowen looked a little more like a girl's name than Rowan." Aug. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Rowan for a boy! I think it's a masculine sounding name." Aug. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "When my husband and I found out we were having another baby we immediately decided upon the names for both sexes. I found the name in a baby name book, which listed it as a unisex name. I jotted down all the names I liked and from there my husband chose from that list. Out of about 10 names, Rowan was a definitely "yes" for a boys name. On January 30th, 2008 Rowan Liam Matthew was born. Liam was on my list that I loved but husband gave as a "maybe"- Matthew is my husband's name... so yes, Rowan has 2 middle names. @ the person asking about pet names/nicknames for the name Rowan. We call him Ro (which is something he can grow with) but an affectionate one I gave him is Ro-Ro." Jul. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My older brother's first kid was just born today and he names him Rowan Robert. I'm not too fond of the middle name, but I love the name Rowan! It seems more boyish spelled with the -an, but spelled Rowen sounds more feminine to me. Does anyone have any pet names/nicknames for their Rowan?" Jul. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm about to have my first child in a few weeks and his name will be Rowan Atom, so i definitely think its better for a boy, the spelling Rowen is best for a girl. Either way i think its a really cute name!" Jul. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My adorable grandson[3] is called Rowan...Rowan Jesse....he is a real little boy!! Has light brown hair and is a real little character...I love the names... Cape Town South Africa" Jun. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wanted a name for my son that was nature related but would not be too weird. Some people still think it is a weird name (i'm from a small small town) and almost always ask me to repeat it, but all that matters is that my husband found it acceptable and agreed to it and now he actually likes it." May. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my son's name, Rowan. He is only 6 months old, but I hope he grows up to appreciate his name. I can see how it is gender-neutral, but my preference is for a boy as I tend to like the more gender obvious names, but it didn't stop me this time. Love the name!" May. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my daughters name and I always loved it. She's a beautiful blonde haired, blue eyed baby girl and it fits her well." Mar. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It really does not sound right as a girls name, but its nice as a boys name:)" Mar. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I first saw the name in a romance novel and it was the only name my fiance and I could agree on for our son- Rowan William John was born in December 2007 and even though he doesn't have red hair it suits him beautifully. I couldn't imagine him with any other name." Mar. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Rowan as well, and wanted it for our son, but my husband preferred another name. In the end we made a bargain that whoever the baby resembled more closely could pick his name. He came out with black hair and brown eyes like my husband so we went with my husband's name choice. A couple weeks later the black hair fell out and the jaundice cleared up and I have a blond haired very blue eyed baby that everyone says looks just like me. I definitely get to choose the next baby's name and girl or boy it will probably be a Rowan." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My late grandmother was named Rowe. She was supposed to be a boy, so her parents were going to name her Woodrowe, after the current President Wilson, but when she was a girl, they shortened it to Rowe. When I had my first child, regardless of the sex, he was going to be named after her. When we found out we were having a boy, we tinkered with it and came up with Rowan, so we could also salute my husband's heritage. I love his name!!" Feb. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is named Rowan! She's four. A friend of mine just had a baby, though, and named him Rowan as well. So I guess it's both." Feb. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Rowan and this name to be used as a girls name just seems so masculine." Jan. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the name Rowan is is very beautiful for a girl. In the next 3-5 years when I'll be having children, I plan on naming my first girl Rowan, hopefully it's not too common :)" Jan. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 18 month old son is called Rowan. We liked it because it was earthy and natural - I love that it's the name of a tree (and there are loads of them by my parents' home). It's easy to pronounce and spell but isn't too common. As for it being a unisex name - I did know a girl at Brownies called Rowan when I was young but it wasn't an issue. The most famous Rowans are the Archbishop of Canterbury and Rowan Atkinson. So there!" Dec. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Rowan is a strong sounding male name. I love it!" Oct. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Rowan in 2007 but had chosen the name (for a girl only) back in 2001 when my baby turned out to be a boy; Killian. I am very disappointed to see how popular it's getting. In 2001 it wasn't even in the top 1000 on the Social Security list, last year it was in the 400s for a girl and 300s for a boy. I thought I was choosing a very original and beautiful name but then along came Brooke Shields and rained on my parade. Ah well, I still adore the name and never had another thought for my first daughter." Sep. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our baby boy ROWAN it is definately a strong boys name, it sounds a little masculine for a girl" Sep. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I originally heard the name when I was 12 years old on an old Japanese anime I watched as a kid. I fell in love with it then and 15 years later had a son, and of course I named him Rowan. Only after he was born, did my girlfriend tell me that it means "little red head". The best part about it is that he has a nice little head of red hair. Who would have known that an anime would have given me the perfect name for my perfect son. :)" Sep. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "ive never known any girls named rowan, only knew a male at school named rowan(spelt rohan) personally i feel it to be a males name but can see it working both ways. we will be naming our boy rohan/rowan/roan" Sep. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always loved the name Rowan. I have always considered Rowan to be a girls name, but am starting to think it could suit a boy as well. I will mostlikely be naming my second child Rowan regardless of the baby's sex." Sep. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've loved the name Rowan for years. My husband and I didn't find out the sex of our first child who was born in 2006. There was never a doubt that if we had a girl, she would be Rowan. We were blessed with Rowan's arrival 3 years ago, and her name fits her perfectly. We get so many comments about how beautiful and strong her name is." Aug. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our newly born son is called Rowan (did toy with Valentine!), and its such a strong and unique name - there was no debate - we both love it and him to bits!" Aug. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a family name and is the name I chose for my now 18 month old daughter. I think it's fine for either a boy or girl, but do prefer it for a girl. Rowan is truly a unisex name and always has been. I've done much research on this name and found out that before it was ever a given name it was used in literature as a female name. I think it is a beautiful, unique, and strong sounding name, and I just love it." Jul. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Rowan, I have got many compliments as to how unique it is etc...I'm a guy so cannot would like to think of it as a guys name.." Jul. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are in UK and named our son Rowan (born Sept 08) and did a lot of research around the girly name dilemma. Overwhelmingly the UK feedback was it is a boys name and should remain as such. Our boy suits it and I now know of more boys born since named Rowan and no girls -yey!" May. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "2 boys in my sons class with the name Rowan but very unusual all the same. No girls! Love it!. He's my tree growing big and strong." May. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is called Rowan. She is 21 years old and she loves her name. I always knew I would call my first daughter Rowan. People have always commented on it positively. She hopes as I do that it will not become common." May. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first grandson was born May 4th and his name is Rowan. It's a lovely unusual name" May. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My last name is rowan actually(: I know some girl friends of mine with the name rowan i havent met a guy with the first name rowan yet. But either way rowan is a beautiful name for both girl or boy. Rowan is name seems to a name catcher. I agree with rowan being a boy or girls name. In all honesty I believe rowan will suit either of both(:" Apr. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a boy's name. Leave it for the gentlemen, ladies." Apr. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thinking of naming my baby Rowan if it is a girl.... just wondering if she will love it as much as I do when she's in her 20's and 30's... thoughts???" Apr. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our baby boy is due in 2 weeks time and we will be naming him Rowan. I think it's a lovely name and more male than female but can see how it would work well for a girl too." Apr. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think Rowan is a great name for a boy. It sounds beautiful rolling of the tongue. It is an a good choice for an uncommon yet enduring boy's name." Mar. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my beautiful five week old son's name is rowan. my husband and i absolutely love it. we felt that it was a good, strong, irish sounding name. and, happily, he was born with red hair as well. :) i think it is a beautiful name for either boy or girl. it just suits my little rowan so well!" Mar. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two-year-old bunny rabbit is named Rowan. It wasn't my first choice but my boyfriend at the time loved it. Now I wish I had'nt given him the name Rowan because I love it so much but I could never name my child after a rabbit! :P As well, I think it's a beautiful name for a girl or a boy." Feb. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son born in February 2008, Rowan. At the time I only thought of it as a boys name and didn't realise it was unisex. I don't mind, but my Mum is really paranoid that he will come across girls at school called Rowan and get upset - she keeps saying "at least he has a nice masculine middle name" - this annoys me because I think Rowan is a great name for a little boy - it suits him too and I can't think of him as anything else. I hope he does like it when he grows up." Jan. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter was born on the 16th Dec 2008 and we named her Rowan. She also has the red hair to match her name. We knew she would as she takes after her dad. We love the name and she suits it so well. I think the name is perfect for boy or girl. Its down to personal choice. Either way, its a fab name." Jan. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've been in love with name forever and always new I would have a little girl named Rowan. For years I had only heard it being used for girls- like in all the Anne Rice books and Wickerman. I know it's silly, but I could not name a boy Rowan because of Mr. Bean... 7 months ago I finally got my Rowan, red hair and all!!! Almost everyone thinks it is a beautiful name, I've gotten many compliments. But her grandfather can never seem to pronounce it correctly- it's always "Rolan". I just hope my daughter loves her name as much as I do one day." Dec. 28, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brooke, and I named my daughter Rowan before I was aware of Ms. Shields doing the same. However, my Row is authentic in that she has the red hair! She fits her name extremely well, but I have to concur with everyone who claims that it is truly a male name...it just sort of has a feminine ring to it. It's beautiful either way, though." Nov. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "A super name for a boy. With respect to names that are traditionally boy or girl names, we really need to think about how the child will feel if they are given a name that is traditionally used for the opposite sex. I know someone who named their daughter "Noah" to make a point that girls can have boy names if they choose to. The daughter, now 10 years old, is ashamed of her name and has carried this burden throughout her life, having to continually correct people, who when reading her name on a list, etc., assume she is boy. Life is already hard -- why put that burden on a kid?" Nov. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Rowan in 1996. We were just looking in baby books, and came across it and loved it!! It was the one name we agreed on. It is never mispronounced or spelled wrong. It still seems very unique to me. He looks like a Rowan too! It is cute for a girl too, but it does seem more boy to me. It's a great name, and I love it!!" Nov. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Rowan. I met a Rowan last year and fell in love with his name. It's unique and it's a very strong rugged name. I don't have a problem with people using it as a girl name. I'm not sure why people are choosing masculine names for their sweet girls, but I guess it sounds cool to have a man's name. I automatically assumed that Rowan was a boys name the first time I heard it. It's a strong masculine name and I love it. Also, Sharon Stone's son is named Roan, just another spelling of Rowan." Oct. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's really absurd to me that people complain that girls "steal" all the good names. Are you so misogonistic that you think once a girl has had a certain named that it's somehow tainted with femininity. It just reenforces the fact that society places less value on the female. And it's YOUR problem if you can't deal with a girl having the same name as your uber-masculine sons. My DAUGHTER is Rowan. And has been for a long time. It's a beautiful name for a girl." Oct. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Rowan because it's such a wonderful sounding name and has a great meaning. A bunch of people have since indicated that it is more of a girl's name, which bugs me a bit. I blame Brooke Shields! I'm hoping that it stays more of a boys name in the years ahead..." Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 11 month old daughter's name is Rowan. I always thought it sounded more feminine but have definitely run into people that feel it's a boys name. Either way i love it." Sep. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have loved the name Rowan for 20+ years. When my son was born in 2003, there was no question what his name would be. I do agree, it needs to be kept a boys name. We donıt have too pretty, yet masculine names for boys, I would hate for Rowan to become a girls name. He does get a little perturbed when people call him Rowland, or Lowlan, but he just spells it out for them, ıMy name is Rowan, R-o-w-a-nı!" Sep. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "if we ever have another child and it happens to be a girl, her name will be rowan! why do people think it's so uncommon and new for girls. has anyone ever seen "the wickerman"? the original i might add! made in the early 70's." Sep. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'am male in my mid 50's and my name is Rowan. My mother named me after a well know South African cricket captain Eric Rowan. It would only be the Americans that would name their daughter Rowan" Jul. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our newborn DAUGHTER "Rowan". We love it and so has everyone else we've come across. As for whether it's gender appropriate, that's no one else's business but our own. I understand people not wanting to name their own children particular names, but really, being upset about others using a name? There are more important things to worry about." Jul. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "'Rowan' is an exelent name for boys and girls,buy I think it does sound more masculin than femenin and realy depends on the charachter of the girl.I rate it thumbs up for a boy and diangle for a girl(either way,both great name!)" Jun. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "There are so so many beautiful girls names to choose from - I had a huge list for my baby of fantastic names if it was a girl, but for a boy I could find very few names that I liked that were original and not overly popular. I had a boy and had to pick from only two names - I picked Rowan. I agree with previous comments that names only ever go one way - once they start being used for girls, the boys miss out! Let the boys keep what few nice names they have!" May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a lovely name for a boy or a girl, but I do think it's a shame that so many boys' names are being given to girls. It never goes the other way, and I agree with the commenter who complains that good boys' names are already scarce. Eventually those names will be deemed too "girly" to give to boys, and their use for boys will fade completely. The names Leslie, Beverly, Kimberley, and Ashley, to name only a few, were once exclusively boy's names, and are now almost exclusively given to girls. I'd love to name my son Rowan, but not if people found his name as "girly" as we find Leslie and Kimberley today." May. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Rowan, but I was going to name my child Rowan whether it was a boy or girl, I love the name and I think it sounds great for either sex. Personally, I also really love "boys" names for girls, it's time for people to stop thinking they can impose silly standards on strangers by telling them a name they like is for "boys" or "girls" only." Mar. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am British and I love the name Rowan. Have never known it used for girls until I moved to the States. I, too, think that it is a shame to use boys names for a girl." Mar. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I find it offensive that anyone should try to dictate whether Rowan (or any other name) is only for boys or girls. Many names are unisex, and just because someone may not have come across it for one gender does not mean it doesn't exist. I know both male and female Rowans. It is a celtic name which originates from the Rowan tree (found in UK as per previous post) and is particularly popular in Scotland. It has several meanings associated with the Rowan tree such as 'little red head'red berries'and 'red'" Mar. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We recently had twin girls. Their names are Gwendolyn and Rowan. My wife has loved the name Rowan for some time (long before Brooke's daughter was born). I went to university with a friend whose sister wad named Rowan. Prior to naming her, we were aware of the unisex nature of the name, historically the name has been used as both male and female. It appears as though the modern trend is female." Nov. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. I am pregnant now, and If I have a Daughter (I find out in 2 days!!) I will name her Rowan. It is NOT because of Brooke Shields! Rowan has been used as a girl name before Brooke had her daughter. Rowan to me has always been a unisex name. It may have orginated as masculine, but turned to unisex. There is a female charachter in the Movie "Wicker Man" from the 70's named Rowan.There is also a female charachter in the Anne Rice novel "The Witching Hour" named Rowan. That book was published in 1990, and it's that book that I got my love of the name Rowan from. I think it's a pretty name for girls, and a distinguished name for boys." Oct. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan in 2003. As we are from Scotland we pronounce the name Row (as in having an argument) an. It means Red like the berries from the Rowan tree that is prevalent in Britian. I believe the Americans call it the mountain ash." Oct. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My niece is named Rowan, which suited her perfectly: she had a soft cap of red hair when she was born, and the name originates from the Old English word for "red" per some sources. It's also associated with the Norse word for "tree," and the berries were allegedly used for medicinal purposes at one time. With regard to boys vs. girls--it's meaning and history are not strongly female or male; it seems perfectly suitable for both genders." Oct. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the name Rowan. There are two particular pronunciations associated with it, and I think one sounds very nice for a girl (row-in) and the other for a boy (rau-in). But when it comes down to it, it's truly a nice name regardless of pronunciation and gender--why does anyone have to take issue with people who feel it suits both boys and girls. Get "fed up" over something worthwhile." Oct. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Rowan before Brooke Shields's daughter was born. I too was a little dismayed by that, and then to hear of it becoming a name more widely used for girls. Most likely it will be a passing trend. Since Rowan was born, we've met at least four other Rowans, and only one of them has been a girl. Anyway, we love the name, and so does he. It's unique, and it has a nice ring to it." Sep. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan. People have told me it's a girls name because "Brook Sheilds named her daughter that". It's funny, when I found the name in the old english/celtic names baby book the name was described to mean "Rugged". I suppose girls could be rugged too, but it doesn't seem to be complimenting." Sep. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan after hearing someone call out their boy's name at the Zoo. I loved it...and thought it was not too popular. Two years later there are THREE boys named Rowan at his daycare. Go figure" Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Rowan in 2003. We absolutely love this beautiful name and we get many compliments on how nice it is. The only problem with unique names like this is people believe you copied celebrities. Brooke Shields named her daughter Rowan but it was several months after our own." Aug. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our little girl Rowan. We receive complements often. The name has several pronunciations, but we use /ROH-in/." Aug. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name. I hate when people think it's appropriate for girls!" Jul. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Rowan so of course we love it. It started out as our girls name but we dicided it definately suited a boy better!" May. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "No way I dissagree I think Rowan sounds much more femine than masculine. I personally love this name for a girl and plan on nameing my daughter Rowan. I also have a character in a book that I am writeing and her name is Rowan." May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a man named Rowan. I hate the trend of females being named Rowan. I think it's super masculine." Apr. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are planning to name our first daughter - due 9/1/07 - Rowan." Apr. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Rowan, and I am a girl. I have never met another girl with this name. My only encounters with the name have been with boys. It's a pain. However, considering how uncommon the name is, I usually have people tell me what a beautiful name it is. So, I'm definitely hoping that it will become a name more common among girls. It really is a nice name to have. As far as other people spelling it...they usually spell it 'Rowen.' Which I find to be bothersome, but I suppose it could be worse. I love the name Rowanıfor girls." Apr. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is Rowan. Often misheard as "Roland" or misspelled as Rowen. His name lends itself to teasing -- "row, row, row, rowan" is commonly heard. He's so used to it that he just ignores it now." Feb. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Rowan Elisabeth and we love it. I hope she doesn't get teased too much though." Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest son is named Rowan, My oldest son picked this name after reading a book about a young knight with this name. My son was 9 at the time and he thought it was a cool name. I love the name and think it fits him well." Nov. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name Rowan! Though I know of one baby girl named Rowan (online, not IRL), I also know of 4 boy Rowans (2 IRL and 2 online). We will be naming our next boy due in Feb, Rowan!" Oct. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my name...I'm a guy, but I have heard of plenty of girls with this name too. and plenty of guys" Oct. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Rowan (now 2.5 yrs.) and i still love it. It is unusual, but not too weird or quirky. I just hope it doesn't become too popular." Oct. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is rowan! Rowan elspeth sophie gibson! well its a cool name i guess i no one boy called rowan we are the only to people in my school called rowan (im only 12) all my friends call me rolo which i like to but rowan is cool c" Sep. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am choosing to name my child Rowan if it is a girl. I think it has some kind of mythical earthy charm to it." Sep. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We love the name and gave it to our son. It does require a bit of enunciation when we tell people. I think the best way to explain the pronounciation is to say it's like 'Owen' but with an 'R'." Sep. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is rowan. It is a beutiful name. he gets compliments on it all the time. It is a celtic word for mystic or supernatural. it is also a tree that was/is reverde by paganists" Jul. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I have started thiking about baby names since ours is due in February. She came up with Rowan, don't know where she heard it from, but it is a strong contender if our baby is a boy!" Jun. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son was born in 1996, and we named him Rowan. We love the name, but I do dislike that people are naming girls Rowan (thanks a lot, Brooke Shields) and therefore think that this traditional boy's name is really a girl's name. I hope this is a passing trend, and people decide to stick to the feminine variant, Rowena, though I doubt it since that really doesn't have the same ring to it. It used to happen, when he was littler, that people misheard and said, "Roman?" or "Roland?" but this seems to happen less and less these days. Otherwise, we love it, and it fits HIM very nicely." Jun. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a name that give a mature, dignified look to the beholder." May. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Just picked this name for our son. We just love it." Jan. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby son is called Rowan. He was born in Feb 05. We think it is a lovely name." Dec. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "A friend of mine just named her baby Rohan. Great name, though I'm not sure which I like better -- Rowan or Rohan." May. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "My daughter just turned 22 years old and her name is Rowan. I always planned to name my first daughter Rowan. Frankly I am disappointed that it is suddenly trendy and so is she. She loves having an unusual name and has always received compliments on it." Aug. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree with them : : v" May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      41 Neutral Comments

  • "We named our little man Rowan David in Jan 2013. It's the only name that clicked for us. We call him Ro Ro and Rowe occaisonally. It's such a sweet name with room to grow into." Jul. 6, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We had a little boy May 5, 2011 and named him Rowan Lewis. It was hard for my husband and I to agree on a name, but Rowan worked for both of us. He is not a red head, but his dad is. Maybe we'll get some red headed grandchildren, =]. He is the youngest of 4. I love my baby Rowan. I feel this name shows strength and will suit him when he's adult." Apr. 24, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our little boy Rowan in 2011. He's 13 months now and it suits him perfectly. He is beautiful. His middle name is James." Feb. 1, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name rowan so much i named my daughter that in july 05. little rowan eve. i almost named her fiona but changed it to rowan at the last min and im glad i did i cant picture my roro as a fiona." Mar. 19, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is Rowan...he's a handsome little man with a jolly smile. His older brother calls him "Rowe" and it melts my heart." Feb. 28, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 3 year old son's name is Rowan Thomas. We chose Rowan because we thought it sounded like a strong, masculine name. We love the name, but the most annoying thing about it is that the majority of older people think his name is "Roland," even after we try to correct them." Aug. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born September 11, 2010 and we named him Rowan Riley and it suits him to a T." Feb. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am having a baby boy in May and naming him Roan! I love it!" Feb. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My two year old son is named Rowan (we are in England) - he was born with red hair although now white blonde! Definitely a boys name here - Archbishop of Canterbury (Rowan Williams) and actor Rowan Atkinson (Mr Bean). Girls' version is Rowena or Rowenne." Nov. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a girl name Rowan! I love my name and think that it could be used for a girl or a boy." May. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I can't remember how I came across this name but I have always thought it was a girls name. If I have a daughter in the future that will definitely be the name I give her!" Mar. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my wife gave birth on the 3rd of feb 2010 here in liverpool UK we had a son and called him rowan definately a boys name in the uk !!! the feminen version is rowena and is scandinavien , rowan is gaelic and is male ." Feb. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "To me it is definitely a girl's name, much more than a boy's name. I asked my partner as well who speaks gaelic, and he agrees with me. It is currently one of my favourites for my first daughter - who will hopefully be red-haired, just like her dad. :)" Jan. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Rowan Elisabeth after having a dream about her 5 years ago. In my dream she told me she would meet us someday and that her name was Rowan. Ironically, she also has strawberry blond hair (and neither of us have red hair).Even though it has hitorically been a boys name, I wouldn't have named her anything else." Oct. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have wanted to name my first son Rowan for years. I am so disappointed that is has become a unisex name. I wanted my son to have a strong male name." Sep. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We are having a boy this Sunday and are naming him Rowan. We have never met anyone named Rowan and feel that it is a unique name and hopefully not too strange. It's really grown on us. We have struggled a bit over whether it is a boys or girls name. I like it for either. He will not be a red head and I dont care." Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 21 and my name is Rowan. I'm asian so, since its a Gaelic name, and uncommon for a girl, I often get asked about my name. Also, I'm the only female Rowan in Singapore. Talk about unique!" Apr. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am due in 3 months with our second child and if it's a boy we are most likely naming him Rowan. Personally it's more of a masculine name. I am one of those people who like boy names for girls. My daughter's name is Avery...originally a boys name. But I don't think there is anyhting wrong with...to each their own...relax people :)" Jan. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my new 2wk old daughter Rowan. She is a redhead. Her great great Grandfather was james rowan billings. its a strong yet beautiful name for a female. if males have a problem with it then they are chauvenistic and insecure. its one of those totally unisex names. neither gender should be selfish with it." Dec. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just named my new 2wk old daughter Rowan. She is a redhead. Her great great Grandfather was james rowan billings. its a strong yet beautiful name for a female. if males have a problem wiyh it then they are chauvenistic and insecure. its one of those totally unisex names. neither gender should be selfish with it." Dec. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Brooke, and I named my daughter Rowan before I was aware of Ms. Shields doing the same. However, my Row is authentic in that she has the red hair! She fits her name extremely well, but I have to concur with everyone who claims that it is truly a male name...it just sort of has a feminine ring to it. It's beautiful either way, though." Nov. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is a name we are thinking about if we have a boy. I do have to say I am one of those people that would name there girl a boy name sorry :) I just wasnt falling for the girl names. But I do not think Rowan is good for a girl." Sep. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Rowan in 1992 ! We named her before she was born and she is a red head. I believe the name means "little red-headed one". The name was obviously meant to be for her. Pity she doesn't like it too much!!" Sep. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a really good boys name and an ok girls name. The point is anyone can name their kids whatever they want and we just have to deal with it. I plan to name my son this, it has been my top boy name for a long time now since I saw a boy on a website named it a couple years ago. I appreciate the name on boys and girls though because I just think its simply a beautiful name." Jul. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well,infact,my name IS rowan,and i am a boy. I dont realy see the name being boy or girl as the name iriginates from a tree,wich is nor boy or girl(or as we belive anyway) so in other words it makes no difference if it's a boy or girl,well at least,i certinaly don't care!" Jun. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son "Rohen" (sounds the same as Rowan) and it often gets misspelled. People assume we went by the more traditional version (or they think they should pronounce the H, like Ro-HEN) but we just thought this was a more unique version - love the name no matter how it is spelled though. I have a friend who has a daughter named Rowan. I think it's great for either boy or girl." Apr. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The chart is so awkward my name is rowan but im a gal..." Jan. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am going to name my daughter Rowan. It sounds like a girls name if you ask me. Much like Julian is very girly. Whatever to you Rowan girl haters. It is just dumb. The 2 examples of Rowan I knew were both Female and Fictional. I am hopeing that she finds her name to be original and not trendy." Nov. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really think this is a boy's name. However, now my husband doesn't want to name our son this, because he thinks it is one of those names that is going ot be taken over by the girls. So many great names for girls (so few for guys.) And yet, people just keep taking from the poor (boys) and giving to the rich (girls.) Crudola. It was my favorite boy name." Sep. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a boy's name and should remain so. We get fed up with people giving male names to their daughters. Imagine a boy called Sarah or Jennifer. Maybe those who call their boy Rowan should consider a name like Heather for their next boy. My son Rowan agrees. He is 14 and we knew of no girls called Rowan when he was born." Sep. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is a boy's name and should remain so. We get fed up with people giving male names to their daughters. Imagine a boy called Sarah or Jennifer. Maybe those who call their boy Rowan should consider a name like Heather for their next boy. My son Rowan agrees. He is 14 and we knew of no girls caled Rowan when he was born." Sep. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Rowan! I called my son by that name. I think of it more as a male name obviously, but I think it would be just as nice for a girl. It is different but not weird. A name that will suit a person throughout childhood and adulthood. =)" Jun. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "At first, we thought we were having a girl and were going to name her Rowan. Then, as fate would have it, we've found out we're having a boy, but decided that we still loved the name Rowan, so he will be named Rowan." Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Rowan. Definitely a boy's name! He looks like a Rowan for sure :)" Jun. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • ""Whats with naming girls boys names. Rowan does not sound evan close to a girls name"" Jun. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Rowan! I'm writing a book and my heroine's name is Rowan Sabrina. She is like this mystical elf child that is so beautiful she doesn't seem real. Sabrina means princess so for her the name is perfect! Carole" Apr. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i just named my son rowan. i liked it because one of it's meanings is rugged. it is a strong boys name." Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i just named my son this name. it seems like a very masculine name. i love it" Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son's name is Rowan and we love it. I can't imagine him being anything else. We get some mispronounciation only because some people know a Rohan which causes some confusion." Mar. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Rowan, and initially, people mispronounced it as well, saying Roman or Roland. I found that if I said it more slowly, people heard it correctly. We love the name, and most people have been supportive of our choice. The funniest response I heard was, "...as is ROWIN' a boat?" HA HA And I do think that it is cute for a boy OR a girl!" Jan. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Rowan is the name of my daughter! Surely it can't be aboy's name?" Jul. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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