Rohan or Rowan?

(37 Posts)
Cookethenook Mon 06-May-13 21:27:44

For DS2.

I like both spellings, but dp prefers Rohan as Rowan is more feminine in his opinion (I agree as I know a girl Rowan, but don't mind) I'm just slightly concerned that people will pronounce it Row-han instead of Row-en.

So, how would you say Rohan, which spelling do you prefer for a lad and also, suggestions for a middle name (we were thinking Felix)?

They're both fine, but I would probably prefer Rowan (I've always thought of it as masculine, not feminine as I knew a boy with that name growing up).

Not sure if I can explain in writing how I'd pronounce Rohan though - sort of Ro(very slight intake of breath for aspirate, but not really)an.

Felix is lovely or how about Jasper or Darius?

SkiBunnnnny Mon 06-May-13 21:46:28

Roan? Tbh I think it's one of those names that will be mispronounced.
Row-an, roe-an, row-en, roe-en, rone
There are too many possibilities. I like the name though.

Bakingtins Mon 06-May-13 21:51:52

Rohan is a brand of climbing/walking trousers. Rowan much better.

Cookethenook Mon 06-May-13 21:55:00

Yes, aware of the clothing brand. Also, just realised that if we do use Felix with that spelling, that'd be two brand names! That's a bit odd!

wigglesrock Mon 06-May-13 22:01:17

They both nice, but I would say them differently and Rohan would make me think Lord of the Rings.

wigglesrock Mon 06-May-13 22:01:53

They are both nice not they both nice blush

itsnothingoriginal Mon 06-May-13 22:25:55

Rowan for me as I would also think Ro-han with the other spelling. I've never seen it as a feminine name and love the name for a boy - great choice smile

snickersnacker Mon 06-May-13 22:45:24

Rowan - Rohan has too many connotations of Lord of the Rings.

petitdonkey Mon 06-May-13 22:47:16

I know one of each and they pronounce them differently- Rohan is Row-han, Rowan is Row-en

thermalsinapril Mon 06-May-13 23:44:45

Felix as first name! smile

Rowan is fine for a boy or girl, it's a unisex name.

Rohan is an outdoor clothing shop.

Just to confuse matters, I had a little girl called Rhoan in my class last year. Would that spelling be an option??

Cookethenook Tue 07-May-13 07:02:54

Sodding hate Felix- sorry! It just says 'cat' to me smile But it's DP's favorite so i said ok for a middle name. I think they sound fine together but Felix as a first name is a no from me i'm afraid.

I like that sp cinema but i think i would say 'Roan' if i saw it written.

I have a very stupid spelling for my name and it caused me no end of grief growing up. DS1 is Noah, so we're very much looking for a 'say it how it looks' first name!

PicardyThird Tue 07-May-13 07:08:42

Rowan is classic and lovely - I'd definitely go for it if I weren't in a country whose language would mangle the pronunciation - but Rohan, no, really wouldn't.

unebagpipe Tue 07-May-13 08:17:21

Rowan Atkinson is spelt this way... And he's a man, so no problem!!!!

MERLYPUSS Tue 07-May-13 10:37:10

Ro-haarn. (have Sri Lankan friend) It is asian in my opinion. Rowan is somehow different. Rowan like a tree.

whatagreatname Tue 07-May-13 10:39:35

Rowan - I know 3 boys and 2 girls called this with the same spelling

Lovely name

Geraldandhisgiraffe Tue 07-May-13 10:41:17

Ro han is the one I know. Possible more like Ro harn.

ZolaBuddleia Tue 07-May-13 10:57:56

Urgh, waited in a queue behind a woman doing loud parenting the other day who's son was called Rohan. She must have said it 40 times in 5 minutes, "Rohaaaan, come here, Rohaaan, good boy etc etc"

Rowan is lovely.

farmersdaughter Tue 07-May-13 13:40:39

My BIL is Rohan, girl I went to school with was Rowan.

Think 'H' is better a boys, looks more masculine to me.

Rowan1204 Wed 08-May-13 19:58:56

So my ds i called Rowan, so rather biased. We opted for this spelling as i always felt the girls version was spelt Rowen. I wasnt keen on Rohan and thought it sounded a bit too trendy, if you know what i mean, and perhaps a bit too 'rugged'? But they may be what you're after!
Lovely name though, always get comments on it and never thought of it as feminine. You may get few people calling him Ronan though!

BringBackBod Wed 08-May-13 22:08:26

Rowan, definitely.
(I'm biased too smile )

SilverBirdie Wed 08-May-13 23:01:17

Rowan is fab. It would be dd2s name if she wasn't due to be pink.
Rohan is the Asian spelling/pronunciation I think, as well as being a clothing range though that lane wouldn't put me off.
Certainly more of a boys name than girls IMO.

Noah and Rowan fab together.
Names we considered as middle names for Rowan:
Rowan Toby
Rowan John
Rowan Samuel
Rowan Blake

Though all but one was for family reasons

SilverBirdie Wed 08-May-13 23:01:40

Alone not lane smile

JojoMags Thu 09-May-13 15:01:43

Rowan. I would pronounce the other Ro-han, perhaps out of ignorance but I won't be alone. I like Rowan Felix. It goes OK.

flowery Thu 09-May-13 15:04:01


NumTumDeDum Thu 09-May-13 15:04:11

Rowan is definitely a boy's name imo. I'd have gone for Rowena if I'd had a girl. What about Alfred as a middle name?

Weegiemum Thu 09-May-13 15:10:54

I see it as very much a girls name, with an "ow" rather than an "oh" sound.

I'm in Scotland, though, and know several girls called Rowan, including one of dd1's best friends. It's normally as in Rowan tree.

I don't like Felix. Felix is a cat.

NumTumDeDum Thu 09-May-13 16:11:27

Two famous male Rowans - Rowan Atkinson and Rowan Williams (ex Arch Bishop of Canterbury)

thegreylady Thu 09-May-13 19:12:40

Rowan is a girl [her surname is Marlowe smile ] and Rohan is a boy and a pair of walking trousers-I know a 7 year old Rohan.I'd pronounce them both the same though.

MissTweed Fri 10-May-13 04:12:15

Rohan definitely as the only rowans u know are girls

Suzieismyname Fri 10-May-13 04:24:07

Rowan. It's classic but not frequently used. I always think of Rowan Atkinson.
Rohan is a clothes shop. You wouldn't call your son Millets or Selfridges or Matalan, would you?

toffeelolly Fri 10-May-13 04:32:41

Rowan is spelling for a boy. Know 2 boy's who are rowan.

kickassangel Fri 10-May-13 06:04:44

Rohan is an Asian name, and fairly common in some communities. Pronounced Roe-Haan.

Use it if you want, but expect the H to be sounded by quite a few people, whether they know about the Asian name or not.

Laquila Fri 10-May-13 09:05:55

I think Rowan or Roan are best for a boy. I would probably pronounce Rohan the same, as Row-an, but then would quietly wonder afterwards whether I should have said it 'Ro-Han'.

I once knew an Indian girl with a nephew called Rohinth, which I thought was gorgeous (also love Rohinton).

Do you like Roman?

Cookethenook Mon 13-May-13 11:34:55

Thanks everyone- i think we're going with Rowan. Asked DP's family and they also thought it was the more phonetic and nicer spelling.

That, and very very oddly, we walked past Rowan Atkinson on Saturday!

AnayaLa Tue 10-Jun-14 08:55:39

So silly. Rohan is a very old name with both Sanskrit/Hindi and Irish/Gaelic origins, the Sanskrit meaning is "one who takes the higher path" or " one who rises, ascends or achieves great heights." Note that Sanskrit is considered to be one of the oldest languages in the world (though like Latin no longer spoken) if not arguably, the oldest.

It did not originate with the Lord of the Rings or become popular because of a clothing store brand. Do your research people!

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