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Help!! Rowen or Freya?

(56 Posts)
scubastevie Sun 03-Feb-13 16:32:10

I'm an awful mind changer. I change my mind about everything!! We had decided on Rowen for our baby girl but a friend recently mentioned it in a sort of I-don't-like-that-name sort of way. This is precisely why we didn't want to tell anyone as I don't want anyone poo-pooing it. So we also like Freya but it is so popular (no.25). So, do you like Rowen? Do you like Freya? Am I being silly about popularity (how many Freya's do you know?) any alternative suggestions please?? Thank you!!

littletreesmum Sun 03-Feb-13 21:39:01

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ReluctantMother Sun 03-Feb-13 21:42:33

I've always thought of Rowan as a boy's name.

scubastevie Mon 04-Feb-13 07:22:21

Thank you all so much for replying. (Keep them coming if you've read this far!) l

scubastevie Mon 04-Feb-13 07:26:33

Opps posted too soon. It looks like Rowen is most popular. The Rowan/Rowen spelling thing is Really Annoying. I am not sure what to do - some say Rowan is the boys spelling and en is the girls spelling but I don't want to look like we have just changed it to be different! It's just the way we thought the girls version is meant to be spelt! It seems as though she will have to spell it less with Rowan...but DH wants Rowen. Hmmm!!
Interestingly noone has said they hate both or offered any alternatives.

ThePoorMansBeckySharp Mon 04-Feb-13 07:33:50

Rowan by default as Freya is very faddy. Will be like Tiffany or similar. V dated.

goinglone Mon 04-Feb-13 12:32:11

Freya is much nicer. Rowan is a boys' name. Rowan for a girl seems very downmarket to me; a bit like Morgan.

badtime Mon 04-Feb-13 12:42:49

I think Rowan as a girls name is more traditional in Scotland.

TenthMuse Mon 04-Feb-13 12:56:52

I'd disagree that Rowan's downmarket for a girl - all the female Rowans I've come across have been thoroughly middle-class, albeit often with somewhat artsy or 'alternative' parents (e.g. one had parents who followed Wicca). And historically I think it's been pretty much unisex (one of the few names that genuinely are), although possibly more so in Scotland than England.

GrumpyOldHorsewoman Mon 04-Feb-13 13:09:02

Please - anything but Freya (my most hated girl's name). I think of a really annoying woman on holiday once, whose DD (aged about 3) was crawling under everyone's tables and being badly behaved while her mother just whined "Freeeeyaaaaa" while doing nothing to distract her.
Now my cousin has named her baby Freya, much to my disappointment.

goinglone Mon 04-Feb-13 14:03:32

I'm afraid the female Rowans that I know of (both big and small), most definitely do not come from 'artsy' 'alternative' families; quite the opposite!

BuntyPenfold Mon 04-Feb-13 14:19:24

Where do they come from gounglone?

scubastevie Tue 05-Feb-13 07:34:26

Lol not bothered if you know of other Rowans from non artsy families smile I thought Morgan was a girls name? Not keen though. It has def traditionally been unisex, and i like the link with the Rowan tree which is pretty. I never really wanted a unisex name but love Rowan; it's unusual enough but not very common whilst still pretty and can suit young and old. I think it could grow on people if they're not keen at first.
If you like Rowan, what's your vote on spelling?

monica77798 Tue 05-Feb-13 11:02:37

I like Freya more than Rowen. I thought Rowen (Rowan?) was a boy's name. It will always just remind me of Rowan Atkinson.

shoobidoo Tue 05-Feb-13 11:09:06

Rowen or Rowena definately!

AyeOopMoose Tue 05-Feb-13 15:23:29

Please don't listen to what anyone says and go for what you really like!

In your case Rowan see personally I prefer Freya as it's more feminine but then I'm not naming your baby!

TenthMuse Tue 05-Feb-13 16:04:02

I think one problem with slightly more unusual names is that there will tend to be one or two well-known carriers of the name (in this case, Rowan Atkinson and Rowan Williams) who most people will automatically associate it with. So you'll therefore get comments like 'Rowan is a boy's name because of Rowan Atkinson'. That's why so many people favour more familiar, established names - if you say 'Kate', or 'Emily', for instance, people have many more associations to choose from, and won't form opinions of it based on a single person. I have the same problem when I say I like the name Elsa - people immediately say "You can't use that for a child because of that lion in 'Born Free'!"

attheendoftheday Wed 06-Feb-13 08:12:44

Those were our top two names for dd1. We went for Rowan as I was put off by how common Freya is these days.

Lostonthemoors Wed 06-Feb-13 08:16:41

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LarkinSky Wed 06-Feb-13 08:58:59

I know two preschool Rowans (girls) and one adult Rowan (male). All spelt with an 'a' - Rowan. It was on our baby names lists for both genders.

To me Rowen with an e looks misspelt. I really don't like Rowena, however.

Its quite interesting to put 'Rowan' in Facebook's search engine as you'll see an even mix of male and female Rowans come up. I like doing this to see what people with a certain name, around the world, look like.
Not many results for the Rowen spelling though - they all seem to be Rowenas.

burcham12 Thu 07-Feb-13 12:24:25

Rowan looks feminine. Rowen looks masculine. Please go with Rowan!

jaggythistle Thu 07-Feb-13 12:29:01

Rowan with an a. I knew a nice Freya, but she'd be my age - mid 30s. I know one baby girl Rowan.

FranglaisMaman Thu 07-Feb-13 14:56:16

I vote for Freya just because it sounds more feminine to me than Rowan/Rowen and I like the girly albeit popular names (so shoot me).

However, don't let your friend's reaction put you off the name that YOU love. And if you love Rowan/Rowen then you should call her that and sod the nay-sayers smile. If that's always been your first choice, go with it.

GW297 Thu 07-Feb-13 19:57:05

I love Freya!

tabulahrasa Sun 10-Feb-13 00:42:25

I've always known Rowan as a girl's name (other than Rowan Atkinson) and the row rhymes with cow not toe. <is Scottish>

I like it.

aufaniae Sun 10-Feb-13 00:51:58


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