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Gender: male
Pronunciation: Oh - wen
Meaning: well born, youthful warrior of noble birth
Related Names: Eugene, Evan, Ewan, Ewen, Iwan

Length: 4 Gender: {{#if male

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Rank in 2000s: 73

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Name: owen Origin: {{{origin}}}, [[Category:{{{origin}}} Names]], [[Category:{{{origin}}} Given Names]] Meaning (no case): well born, youthful warrior of noble birth





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ORIGIN & HISTORY

The name Owen is of Welsh/Irish origin. From the Welsh Eugein or Ougein, it's a variant of the Greek Eugenius (Eugene), which means "well born." The spelling Owen is a modernization of Owain.

An additional interpretation is that Owen is an Anglicization of Eoghann, a traditional Gaelic name meaning "born of yew." In Irish, the same name was spelled Eoghan.

The names Eugene and Owen thus share a history. Medieval texts often Latinize the word as Eugenius, and by 1178, the form Eugene appeared in Scotland.

POPULARITY

Even though a few famous Owens pepper the history books, Owen wasn't a hugely popular name until very recently. It was in the top 200 boys' names at the turn of the last century, but then declined until in 1992, Owen ranked #476 for boys' names. However, by 2006 it had hit #58. The surge in appeal for the name Owen is probably due to the fame of actor Owen Wilson and soccer player Owen Hargreaves.


FACTS

Owen D. Young (October 27, 1874 - July 11, 1962) was an American lawyer and corporate executive. He chaired on a reparations committee in the late 1920s when Germany, suffering an economic decline, fell behind in paying its World War I war reparations. The new repayment plan was dubbed the "Young Plan," and earned him Time's Man of the Year award in 1929. Young also founded RCA in 1919 and was chairman until 1929; he also served as chairman of General Electric from 1922-1940 and 1942-1945. One of his most famous quotes: "In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most, it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing."

NAMESAKES

  • Owen, Australia, a small town in South Australia
  • Owen, Germany.
  • Owen is an indie rock band from Chicago
  • Owen Meany is a main character in John Irving's popular 1989 novel A Prayer for Owen Meany.
  • The Owen Graduate School of Management is a business school at Vanderbilt University.
  • USS Owen, a Fletcher-class destroyer (World War II and Vietnam)

FAMOUS PERSONS

  • Owen Wilson (born November 18, 1968) is an American actor who has appeared in several popular and critically-acclaimed films, including Wedding Crashers. He often starts with longtime friend Ben Stiller, and has appeared with him in Meet the Parents, Zoolander, and The Royal Tenenbaums, among others.
  • Owen Hargreaves (born January 20, 1981) plays soccer for the English team Manchester United.
  • Owain Glendower (c. 1359 - c. 1416) fought for Welsh independence from England, but his efforts did not succeed in the end. He was the last native-born Prince of Wales. His legacy remained in popular culture: Shakespeare fictionalized him in his play Henry IV, and a 19th century revival of Welsh nationalism portrayed him as a hero.

OTHER OWEN'S

Owen Kuhn, Owen Tue, Owen Smith, Owen Johnson, Owen Williams, Owen Jones, Owen Brown, Owen Davis, Owen Miller, Owen Wilson, Owen Moore, Owen Taylor, Owen Aasness, Owen Abbey, Owen Abbott, Owen Abdelhamid, Owen Abdi, Owen Abe, Owen Abelson, Owen Abener, Owen Abercrombie, Owen Aberson, Owen Acata, Owen Accardo, Owen Accas, Owen Accorsi, Owen Acker, Owen Ackerman, Owen Acree, Owen Acton, Owen Adcock, Owen Addington, Owen Adelman, Owen Adney, Owen Afflick, Owen Aftreth, Owen Agee, Owen Agenbroad, Owen Agnelli, Owen Ague, Owen Aguero, Owen Aguh, Owen Aguilar, Owen Ahearn, Owen Ahern, Owen Cain, Owen Aaland, Owen Aaron, Owen Abbe, Owen Abel, More results

Author: Lynn Catan

Facts about OwenRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 4  +
Meaning well born, youthful warrior of noble birth  +
Meaningnc well born, youthful warrior of noble birth  +
Name owen  +
Origin {{{origin}}}  +
Popularity 1  +
Pronunciation Oh - wen  +
Rank in 2000s 73  +
Related Eugene  +, Evan  +, Ewan  +, Ewen  +, and Iwan  +
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