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Boys names, and what do you think about Rowan?

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overthemoon2009 Sun 11-Oct-09 19:40:05


Like a few other people, I am struggling to find a boys name that my husband and I both like.

We really like Rowan, but because it can also be a girls we are not so sure about it.

I seem to like names ending in "". Dylan, Ewan, Ethan etc. My husband likes these names, but associates them with various people and so is put off them. E.g. we like Ethan, but would everyone just think we were inspired by Ethan Hawke?? I expect also that Dylan and Ewan are v popular at the moment - is this right?

Can you suggest any similar names that might be a bit more unusual?


jacks1972 Sun 11-Oct-09 19:56:56

I really like Rowan, but for a girl. It is on my shortlist in case we are having a girl - don;t want to show my hand too soon or my husband will reject. I love Dylan, it as a name I always wanted but my husband has ruled it out from Day 1.

I don't think you should rule out Ethan just becuase of Ethan Hawke, it's a lovely name.

janeite Sun 11-Oct-09 19:59:55

I really like Rown as a boys' name - dd2 would have been it. I don't like it as a girls' name and have never met nor heard of a female Rowan. Dylan is lovely too but I don't like Ethan or Ewan.

The only similar names I can think of, I don't like: Ryan, Roman, Ronan.

MaryBS Sun 11-Oct-09 20:00:10

I like it, but I always think of the Archbishop of Canterbury when I hear the name.

How about Nathan?

Or to be really obscure, D'Artagnan wink

janeite Sun 11-Oct-09 20:00:21

Rowan, sorry. Not Rown!!

overthemoon2009 Sun 11-Oct-09 20:01:45

Thanks Jacks1972. I too really like Dylan and would happily go with this as no.1, but it has been vetoed- I think my husband used to work with someone called Dylan or something like that.

Pingpong Sun 11-Oct-09 20:03:11

I like Rowan for a girl, not a boy.
I like Ewan for a boy or Dylan, Ethan is definitely quite popular but I am less keen on that one.

Adryath Sun 11-Oct-09 20:03:14

The only Rowans I know are boys so I associate it with being a boys name. As a consequence I think it's quite a masculine-sounding name for a girl.

3HotCrossBuns Sun 11-Oct-09 20:05:45

I like Rowan for a boy but love love it for a girl. DD1 was very nearly Rowan - and I was concerned too many people would think she was a boy. I think Dylan is more popular than Ethan but don't actually know any boys of either name.

Disenchanted3 Sun 11-Oct-09 20:06:49

Boys name to me.


Disenchanted3 Sun 11-Oct-09 20:07:06


NinthWave Sun 11-Oct-09 20:10:15

My DS's middle name is Rowan, and we got a lot of lovely compliments on it when he was born smile

pookamoo Sun 11-Oct-09 20:11:28

I love Rowan, for a boy or a girl, it is my DD's name, so I am biased wink. It's a beautiful, special name.

We had a middle name picked out and I was so convinced she was going to be a girl that we didn't have a boy's name chosen.

The midwife said "have you a name for this baby?" and we said "yes if it's a girl, if not, the book's in the bag!".

We did consider using Rowan if it was a boy, but the middle name we had chosen is a girl's name and we couldn't bring ourselves to change it - the two run together so perfectly.

Luckily she is a girl!
But I still say yes, have Rowan for a boy!

Alternatively, Owen has a similar sound...

argento Sun 11-Oct-09 20:12:48

I know too little boys called Rowan - sounds more like a boys name than a girls to me. And it's lovely!

pookamoo Sun 11-Oct-09 20:12:49

Ooh yes Disenchanted, Rohan for a boy! Lovely!

Chrysanthamum Sun 11-Oct-09 20:19:50

I love Rowan. It was on our list but we ended up picking Louis Finn. I love Pierce for a boy obviously but dh didn't agree.

Regularcalledrowan Sun 11-Oct-09 20:21:39

Well I think it is lovely,boy or girl.

I think it is usually more seen as a male name and get any junkmail addressed to Mr Rowan X as a rule

Scottie22 Sun 11-Oct-09 20:24:27

Rowan - definitely a boys name for me too (Rowan Atkinson and all that!) Is a great name and I like 'Rohan' spelling too. Ethan is really popular around here so depends if you mind that? I know a Dylan and an Ewan.

Kellan - heard this one recently - I think it's cornish.

Owen - really nice - doesn't seem overly popular except maybe in Wales!

BibiBOO Sun 11-Oct-09 20:25:43

I love Rowan, it's my nephew's name and it's just perfect for a boy or girl I think.
Not oo popular round these parts either.

janeite Sun 11-Oct-09 20:26:23

Owen - nice / you don't hear of it very often.

Ondine Sun 11-Oct-09 21:33:24

I like Rowan for a boy, not so much for a girl

I think Euan is very nice and not too popular.

Robin is also sweet.

mwff Sun 11-Oct-09 21:40:03

evan is nice, esp if you have any welshness in the family.

pointyhat Sun 11-Oct-09 21:49:03

I only like Rowan for a girl. Reasonably common in scotland.

How about Aidan? I like Aidan.

mwff Sun 11-Oct-09 21:50:26

lol pointy just reminded me how about adrian? now that's pretty unusual these days.

pointyhat Sun 11-Oct-09 21:52:19

no, not adrian. That's not so good, is it

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