Rowan or Rohan????

(35 Posts)
RoseGarden123 Fri 08-Feb-13 10:13:41

Our baby boy is due soon as we like the name Rowan/rohan with the Irish pronounciation of Ro - w(h)an. Where the w or h are almost silent.
On research it appears that both are old fashion versions of the gaelic version of the name but Rohan is more the spelling of the boys version. However I believe in Indian cultures that Rohan is used as a boys name with the pronounciation Row-Han - with emphasis on the H.
which do you think is best? And how would you pronounce each if you saw them written?

rachel234 Fri 08-Feb-13 10:17:16

I know an Indian boy called Rohan and they do pronounce the h. I think I'd go for Rowan in your case.

IrnBruTheNoo Fri 08-Feb-13 10:19:09

I also know an Indian boy called Rohan, I love this name!

LittleChimneyDroppings Fri 08-Feb-13 10:24:30

I like Rowan. Its a great name.

As in ro-an to rhyme with Owen? (I'm Scottish so they do sound the same to me) then I would go with rowan. I know a rowan and its a lovely name! I think if you use the h the h will be pronounced. But be prepared for some people to call him row-an rhymes with Cowan.

I would automatically pronounce rohan as row- han sounding the 'h'. I would suggest that if you don't want to be correcting people to the pronunciation you prefer you should go with rowan. smile

badtime Fri 08-Feb-13 10:42:38

Rohan is also a country in Lord of the Rings - in the films, the 'h' is pronounced.

RoseGarden123 Fri 08-Feb-13 12:16:51

Thanks all, looks like 'Rowan' may be the best way to go...

TenthMuse Fri 08-Feb-13 13:55:02

I suspect Rohan would tend to be pronounced Row-han. The (half-Indian) Rohan I taught pronounced his name this way, plus you have the Lord of the Rings connection, which (if I remember correctly) also pronounces the h! Either version is lovely, but f you want the Irish pronunciation I think Rowan is a safer bet.

JoanHarris Fri 08-Feb-13 14:52:03

I'm Irish and I've never heard of Rowan/Rohan - maybe I'm alone? Ronan is the normal over here.

BeanstalkandBump Fri 08-Feb-13 16:43:59

Joan you've never heard of Rowan Atkinson? Or the recently ex Arch Bishop of Canterbury Rowan?
It's in the top two on our boys' list and I'd go for Rowan.

Leeds2 Fri 08-Feb-13 20:53:19

I think of Rowan as a girl's name, tbh (despite Rowan Atkinson!). Whereas I see Rohan as definitely for boys.

IncognitoIsMyFavouriteWord Fri 08-Feb-13 20:55:26

I like both but I do know a girl called Rowan spelt like that and the W is pronounced smile

MoonHare Fri 08-Feb-13 21:21:55

I think of Rowan as more of a girls name too, think that's because of the film The Wicker Man. I was at school with a Rohan who pronounced it Row-an, no one seemed to have a problem with it.

farmersdaugther Fri 08-Feb-13 21:46:17

My BIL is Rohan

My friend (girl) is Rowan

Helpful?

mawi Sat 09-Feb-13 02:03:26

What about using Roan?

Roan meaning and name origin
roan\ as a boy's name is a variant of Rowan (Gaelic), and the meaning of Roan is "little red-head
Read more at http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/1/Roan#s0jAkj7EUh4Vtzdq.99

HappyHugs Sun 10-Feb-13 23:06:24

There is no 'w' in Irish. The only comparable irish name is Ronan. Neither of the other versions is irish but both are equally nice imho.

PickledInAPearTree Sun 10-Feb-13 23:58:42

I would go for Rowan as I wouldnt like the LOTRsyness of Rohan.

I like Rowan.

toomuch2young Mon 11-Feb-13 00:01:44

Yes i agree Roan is the Irish spelling of the name you are looking at if you wish to pronounce it that way.
Otherwise Rowan is lovely, but people will tend to pronounce it with the W.

MidnightMasquerader Mon 11-Feb-13 00:06:40

Rowan for me, lovely name.

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Mon 11-Feb-13 00:06:57

Roan is the name you're looking for I think. If its the Irish version your looking for

PickledInAPearTree Mon 11-Feb-13 00:14:37

Yes agree about the w.

The way you want it pronounced if go for roan.

lopsided Mon 11-Feb-13 00:28:07

Rohan can be pronounced with a silent H. I think there was a famous West indian cricketer with the name. I think it's lovely. I think of Rowan as the feminine form though obviously I know of loads of blokes with the name.

CointreauVersial Mon 11-Feb-13 00:31:43

Rohan is much nicer. I have a friend with this spelling, pronounced Ro-an.

The Rowan spelling seems a bit feminine to me.

FooffyShmoo Mon 11-Feb-13 00:46:47

My DS is Rohan (pronounced Ro-an silent H). We researched it before making our final decision. It is Irish. An anglicised version of the gaelic Ruadhaun.
We have had very few people pronounce it Ro-Han. People instinctively seemed to get how to say it. Its helpful however that DS is not backward in coming forward in politely but firmly correcting them smile

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