Most believe that Owen comes from the Welsh form of Eoin and Ywain, which (oddly enough) shares roots with Eugene. Owen has a long history, as Ywain was the name of one of the Knights of the Round Table. Ywain was known for his honor and bravery. That's a pretty cool claim to fame for a little boy to bear.
One thing to keep in mind is that Owen is not unique by any stretch of the imagination. Owen is three times as popular as it was 10 years ago! It's rocketing up the charts. If you choose this name, don't be surprised to meet other little boys with the same name. The upside to that is your child will have a very well-liked name, and he'll never feel like it's too unique.
- Owen is ranked at #38 in the US.
- Similar names: Bowen, Evan, Ewan, Ian
- Celebrities named Owen: Owen Wilson
- Celebs who named their son Owen:
Noah Wyle, Kevin Kline, Riki Lake, Stephen King
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