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Iamgoodbutnotanangel Mon 21-Oct-13 05:14:05

Is Rowan a boy or a girl????

WillYouDoTheMonsterMash Mon 21-Oct-13 05:27:59

It can be both. I know more male Rowan's than female, but only like it as a Girls name.

TombOfMummyBeerest Mon 21-Oct-13 05:50:57

Both I'd say. I've only known a boy though.

flowery Mon 21-Oct-13 06:30:16

Both. DS1 is Rowan but I've also known a female Rowan.

Iamanorangesmartie Mon 21-Oct-13 06:40:14

Both, I knew a girl Rowan at school and she was lovely

ArabellaBeaumaris Mon 21-Oct-13 06:54:20


Although I know girl ones.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 21-Oct-13 06:58:42


daughterofafarmer Mon 21-Oct-13 07:38:56

I went to school with a Rowan (girl) and my BIL is called Rohan.


Pooka Mon 21-Oct-13 07:59:47

Know of more girls called rowan than boys. But definitely unisex.

Lovely name.

notadoctor Mon 21-Oct-13 08:03:36

Both. I love it for a girl.

NatureAbhorsAHoover Mon 21-Oct-13 08:41:21

Both, definitely. I've known a girl Rowan and a boy (well, man) who spells it Rohan. Lovely name, very evocative of celtic mists and legends etc without being frilly or over the top.

Stat Mon 21-Oct-13 09:41:07

I've only heard it as a surname in real life, so it sounds odd as a first name to me.

In England/Wales it is more commonly given to boys than girls (449 boys given the name Rowan last year, compared to 74 girls).

RandomCitizen Mon 21-Oct-13 09:43:37

I don't like it as a me it is a tree.

RandomCitizen Mon 21-Oct-13 09:44:17

I know (of) a Rowan and a Rowen and they are both female though

Amandine29 Mon 21-Oct-13 09:47:40


Jdub Mon 21-Oct-13 09:51:32


Weegiemum Mon 21-Oct-13 09:54:28

It's pronounced differently depending if it's for a boy or girl.

Boy - as in Rowan Atkinson
Girl - as the tree.

In Scotland it's more common for a girl, I certainly haven't met any boys with it. One of my dd1's best friends is Rowan, age 13

flowery Mon 21-Oct-13 10:11:57

Rowan Atkinson, tree, and girl and boy Rowans all sound the same to me!

Female Rowan I knew pronounced it like Rowan Atkinson as do we for DS1, and I would definitely pronounce the tree the same way.

TenthMuse Mon 21-Oct-13 11:15:06

Think it's genuinely unisex (statistically more common for boys though). Personally I love it for a girl. Love the nature connection, especially as the rowan is my favourite tree.

everlong Mon 21-Oct-13 11:15:54

Much prefer it for girl.

Littlecherublegs Mon 21-Oct-13 12:24:36

I would say it's slightly more masculine than feminine - though I do know one of each.

squoosh Mon 21-Oct-13 12:39:25

Don't like it for boy or girl, sounds feeble.

Love the tree though.

itsnothingoriginal Mon 21-Oct-13 14:27:04

Love it for a boy smile

Not sure about it as a female name but that's probably because I only know boys called Rowan.

It's also a lovely tree!!

becko Mon 21-Oct-13 14:31:21

I have a dd Rowan and obviously love it! We pronounce it the same as Rowan Atkinson. I never considered it for a boy but now wonder why as I think it's lovely for both - though am of course bias!

usualsuspect Mon 21-Oct-13 14:32:30


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