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Owen

Owen has two possibly origins and meanings. The first is that it is a modern form of Owain, an Old Welsh name of uncertain origin. It could be a Welsh form of Eugene, the English form of Latin Eugenius which derives from Ancient Greek Eugenios meaning “well born” or “noble born” from Ancient Greek elements eu (well) from PIE root *h₁es- (to be) and genos (born) which also derives from PIE *ǵénh₁os (race, lineage). Owain may also be the Welsh cognate of Irish Eòghana name of uncertain meaning though possibly meaning “of the yew tree” or “born of the yew tree” though I’ve also seen it as possibly being derived from Welsh eoghunn meaning “youth”. Another possible origin for Eòghan is from Celtic Esugenios meaning “good born” derived from Proto-Celtic *esus (good) derived from PIE *h₁esu- (good, well) and *genos (born, birth) also derived from PIE *ǵénh₁os (race, lineage). In Arthurian legend, Owain is also the name of one of the Knights of the Round Table (also known as Yvain in French). Owen is also a surname deriving from the given name, originally a patrynomic surname.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European, Celtic

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Variants:

  • Owain (Welsh)
  • Yvain (French)
  • Ywain (Arthurian legends/romances)
  • Eoghan (Irish, Scottish)
  • Eòghan (Irish)
  • Eógan (Ancient Irish)
  • Euan (Scottish)
  • Ewan (Scottish)
  • Ewen (Scottish)
  • Euan (Scottish)

 

Female forms:

  • Owena (Welsh)
  • Owenna (Welsh, English)

 

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