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Origin: Welsh
Meaning: Well-Born

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Owen

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Owen in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Owen:

  • Records indicate that 130,272 boys in the United States have been named Owen since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2012, when 8,630 people in the U.S. were given the name Owen. Those people are now 8 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Owen

    94% Approval Rating
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      15 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Owen. I am 6 and half years old. I think it is a good name because it sounds nice and smooth. Also it is popular but not too popular." Jul. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Owen - it was my mom's maiden name and we love it! It fits him perfectly. My mom calls him Mr. Owen - after her grandfather!" Feb. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Owen was ranked #56 in 2006 and #57 in 2007. My husband and I are going to name our son who will be born this December - Owen Russell." Aug. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband is named Owen. I have always loved how strong sounding the name is. I thought it even more fitting when I found out the meaning years ago. Before him I had never met a man with that name but it seems to be growing in popularity as I have run into a few boys with that name since I met my husband." Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Owen and I love it because it is from my european history in my family and it isnt too popular of a name!" May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being called Owen. I have many European friends so I always get "Like Michael Owen yeah?" I name is actually Cambodian and it's more like Own. But I thought I needed another vowel so I took Owen. It's neo-classic." Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm called Owen, its a good name because its not a mainstream name...but also not a gimmicky name that would be annoying to live with." Nov. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2 yr old is alos named Owen. I am disappointed in so many Owen's as well, but I love the name. he is a quiet, charming kid who also calls himself "o" or "OJ". I can see him as an adult with this name as well." Mar. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is called Owen, he is a proper little boy, living up to his name. It is a strong name that isn't too popular, we call him 'O' sometimes. His little baby sister shouts him which sounds lovely. We think it is wonderful name for a wonderful boy." Mar. 14, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 2 1/2 year old was named Owen because it sounded well with his last name (it made an assonance), was "normal" and clearly masculine, and was also a family name. We are convinced this was a good choice." Dec. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it! It's my 2 1/2 year old son's name. We often call him "O". I think it's a simple, strong name. I wish it wasn't gaining so quickly in popularity, but oh well!" Dec. 13, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son, Owen, is now 2 yrs old. Everyone seems to love his name. He seems to love it too. When he was too young to say Owen, he called himself "O". It was very cute. I think it is a classic masculine name that works well for a baby as well as an adult." Oct. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "WE named our son Owen also because we wanted something "normal" yet original... we, too, have come across a few baby Owens since. Owen is such a great name!!!" Apr. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Owen because we wanted something "normal" yet original. Little did I know it is becoming the new Jacob, I've run into more people who know a baby Owen. I still love it though." Sep. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Owen. I think it is a beautiful, modern name for a boy." Jul. 15, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "owen is an old man name. and i have a baby cousin named that. yuckkkk!" Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "I keep hearing that our 7-year old son's name Owen is popular. We picked it because it wasn't (or so we thought). I like the comment on March 22, 2009. We call our guy "O" too. His sister called him "O-wee" when she was learning to talk, so his father and I call him Owie to this day." Sep. 2, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name is Owen..he is from Tennessee. He was born in 1924. His great grandfather married a young woman named Emma Owen. Her father was an early settler in east Tennessee. It was considered respectful to name the first name of a first born son from a family name in their history." Jan. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sebelum anak ke-2 kami lahir, ada 2 pilihan nama yaitu FARREL OWEN atau FARREL BENSLEY. Lalu kami coba2 tanya kepada anak pertama saya (padahal baru berumur 2 tahun & dia belum mengerti apa2) dan dia dengan sangat mudah menyebutkan kata OWEN daripada BENSLEY. Akhirnya kami memilih OWEN yang artinya "enak dipandang dan baik" dan sampai saat ini kami merasakan bahwa memang dia anak yang baik dan enak untuk dipandang =b" Mar. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Owen in 1987. We didn't know anyone with that name at the time and Henke's book had not been published. We found out later that a great-great grandfather had the same name." Jan. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named my son Owen (back in 1998) because we wanted our son to have a unique name. Little did we know that the name 'Owen' was going to become mainstream. Oh-well, I still love the name. We call him 'O' for short." Mar. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband's name is Owen. I think the name is great." Aug. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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