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Is Rowan a name for a girl, a boy or either?

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souvenir Fri 12-Aug-05 10:31:49

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madmarchhare Fri 12-Aug-05 10:32:29

Boy IMO.

MrsDoolittle Fri 12-Aug-05 10:32:42

I have come across it in both

eidsvold Fri 12-Aug-05 10:32:43

I always thought it was a boy's name but I think from memory Brooke Shields named her little girl Rowan.

expatinscotland Fri 12-Aug-05 10:32:57

It's a name for a tree, IMO.

swiperfox Fri 12-Aug-05 10:33:03

I would say boy too

Aimsmum Fri 12-Aug-05 10:33:14

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lockets Fri 12-Aug-05 10:35:57

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Tinker Fri 12-Aug-05 10:36:47

Know a boy Rowan. Think it's very sweet.

Tinker Fri 12-Aug-05 10:37:21

And Rowan Atkinson, of course.

binkie Fri 12-Aug-05 10:39:06

Either, really. We know a Rowan (who's a girl) and when I first saw the name I assumed boy; but having got to know this very girlie, pretty little Rowan it suits her well.

If you're doubtful about Rowan for a boy you could always go with Owen ...

CarolinaMoon Fri 12-Aug-05 10:42:31

I know a lovely little boy called Rowan and it suits him very well.

Don't know any female Rowans personally, but there is a female journo called Rowan Pelling.

So either, I would say.

Feffi Fri 12-Aug-05 10:45:51

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souvenir Fri 12-Aug-05 10:52:39

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saadia Fri 12-Aug-05 11:43:22

I think Brooke Shields' daughter is called Rowan and Sharon Stone's son is called Roan (I know too much celeb gossip).

Kelly1978 Fri 12-Aug-05 11:46:21

there is a history of the usuages in Britain for men and woman \link(\here}

Kelly1978 Fri 12-Aug-05 11:46:58

sorry here

expatinscotland Fri 12-Aug-05 11:47:35

Sharon Stone called one of hers 'Ronan'. Nice. But she called hte other one 'Laird'. Beyond naff.

Kelly1978 Fri 12-Aug-05 11:48:37

Rohan is a Indian boys name, meanign ascending. I was quite tempted by that.

DissLocated Fri 12-Aug-05 11:50:19

Rowan was one of the names I considered for dd. I think it's really nice, we wanted a natural sounding name that was a bit different, we went with Willow in the end.

QueenOfQuotes Fri 12-Aug-05 11:50:49


One of my best friends at school has a little sister - who's father STILL insists on calling her Rowan............because he was convinced she was going to be a boy and that was the name he picked for her.

Her actual name is Rowena.

Dahlia Fri 12-Aug-05 12:25:35

I know a boy and a girl both called Rowan - personally prefer it for a girl, but its certainly suitable for both.

NomDePlume Fri 12-Aug-05 12:34:19

Either, I thibk, but I went to scholl with a boy called Rowan . I like it for either. You could go for the alterntive spelling of Roan (like the horse).

According to, Rowan can be either, it features in both the girls list and the boys

Lio Fri 12-Aug-05 13:13:21

Either. Beautiful name.

tallulah Fri 12-Aug-05 13:31:26

Both, according to the Oxford Minidictionary of First Names.

"As a boys name this is from a surname of Irish origin, derived from an old Irish personal name RUADHAN. Alt RONAN; cf ROY.

As a girls name it is taken from the name (of Scandinavian origin) of the tree".

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