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My son rowan is 10 months but might change pronunciation. How do you say it?

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clothaddict Thu 23-Jun-11 19:06:36

My son rowan is 10 months. I love his name. I pronounce it like row (as in cow)-an. I'm Scottish and that's just the way I've always said this name. But when I introduce him must say majority people say roe-an (rhyme with row boat). I also like this pronunciation and the more time goes on wonder if should just say it this way. A few folk have mentioned the roe-an way is masculine, row-an feminine?? I don't want my child who I have given a unisex name a different pronunciation too.

Do you think I can/ should change how I say it?! I know need do it now before poor blighter confused.

I know it's up to us how we say it and all will follow but my thinking is more folk say roe-an, might be more male and I like it that way equally! Whether I can change it in my head I don't know though. I automatically say row (as in cow).

Hulababy Thu 23-Jun-11 19:08:17

I would assume roe/un or roe/an

However, if you told me the preferred pronunction I would use that.

TheOriginalFAB Thu 23-Jun-11 19:09:10

I would have said it was Row (as in in the boat) an and never knew there was a Row(cow) option.

mustdash Thu 23-Jun-11 19:09:27

I'd definitely be a cow-an type rowan. But I'm Scottish too......

basingstoke Thu 23-Jun-11 19:11:33

I'd say as in cow in the first instance, but IME I am usually wrong and most people are as in row the boat.

LoopyLoopsBettyBoops Thu 23-Jun-11 19:12:08

Row row row the boat here.

FlubbaBubba Thu 23-Jun-11 19:12:28

I would say roe-an.

I have a similar problem with my son, Lachlan, who DH and I pronoune loch-lan, but my dad, who is scots, pronounces it lachlan with first syllable rhyming with bat. Thinking we should have changed the spelling to suit the pronunciation?

If you like it row (rhyming with cow)-an, stick with it and people will just learn to say it like that.

SloganLogan Thu 23-Jun-11 19:59:13

Row the boat, for both male and female Rowans.

iklboo Thu 23-Jun-11 20:09:46

Rowan Atkinson is roe-an, so is the tree I think. That may be why more people say roe-an.

CroissantNeuf Thu 23-Jun-11 20:12:16

I know an adult male Rowan -his is pronounced Roe-un

WorzselMummage Thu 23-Jun-11 20:13:58

Roe an here

GwendolineMaryLacey Thu 23-Jun-11 20:14:32

Row boat here too. Never heard the other way.

Yama Thu 23-Jun-11 20:15:05

I can't decide - I like both. Not much help.

Bunbaker Thu 23-Jun-11 20:15:16

I have never heard it pronounced as in cow (I am in Yorkshire). Round here it is row the boat Rowan. Rowan Atkinson is also pronounced as in row the boat.

loiner45 Thu 23-Jun-11 20:16:58

The only Rowan (as in cow-an) that I know is scottish and female, all the Roe-ans I know are male - so I always assumed the pronunciation indicated gender smile

ShowOfHands Thu 23-Jun-11 20:18:03

Never heard it as rhyming with 'cow' before. But you're Scottish so do we even pronounce cow the same? I'm not sure how 'cow' is pronounced with a Scottish accent so this might make a difference.

ShowOfHands Thu 23-Jun-11 20:18:41

Actually my Scottish friend talks of 'heilan' coos' so to her cow is 'coo'.

I need further information.

HappyAsASandboy Thu 23-Jun-11 20:19:18

I know a female Rowan. She pronounces it Roe-un.

I am not Scottish, and have never hears to it rhyming with cow.

shinydiscoball Thu 23-Jun-11 20:19:20

I would say it roe-un, I think its a lovely name either way smile

tabulahrasa Thu 23-Jun-11 20:19:54

Row as in cow, for the girl's name and the tree, I'm yet to be convinced that it's a boy's name despite Rowan Atkinson, lol

I'm Scottish as well

oh and FlubbaBubba, I'd pronounce the a in Lachlan as an a as well

gapants Thu 23-Jun-11 20:20:55

scottish here and I would say rowan as in cow, but my Dh who is English says roe-an.

I like the name very much, but have nixed it due to the pronunciation arguments!

Bunbaker Thu 23-Jun-11 20:25:18

The tree is row as in boat down here in sunny Yorkshire.

trixymalixy Thu 23-Jun-11 20:27:31

Also Scottish and would pronounce to rhyme with cow. Don't change the pronunciation to fit in with other people if that's the way you like it.

pointydog Thu 23-Jun-11 20:40:50

Only know Scottish female Rowans and they are Row(cow)an. I've always thought it was a very english boys name and in england they say roe-an.

flybynight Thu 23-Jun-11 20:47:43

I would also rhyme with cow, and also Scottish. If you like it, don't change it. I think it is lovely!

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