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Rohan or Rowan?

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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)?

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!

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!

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?

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.

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

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

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?

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

Rohan definitely as the only rowans u know are girls

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.

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

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

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 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?

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


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.

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

Alone not lane 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

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Lovely name

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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