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The first name 

Rowan is a name for all genders, somewhat more commonly used for boys.

Rowan known and loved in the US!

The name Rowan is not currently one of the fashionable names trending in the top 10 rankings, but it is still popular and common. Recently, it has consistently ranked among the top 1,000 most popular first names in the United States. It is currently #186 in the SmartGenius ranking.

You won't believe all there is 
to discover about the name

What does the name 
Rowan mean?

Rowan is derived from the Irish name ‘Ruadhán’ which means ‘red-haired’ or ‘red-brown.’ The name is composed of two Irish words ‘ruadh’ meaning ‘red’ or ‘red-haired’ and ‘án’ meaning ‘one’. Rowan is connected with the idea of strength, protection, and courage.

In Irish folklore,... the rowan tree was believed to have protective powers and was often planted near homes to ward off evil.

Rowan has 5 letters 
and begins with an R

Well, you might say, you probably figured that out yourself! But what you might not know is: The letter R is neither particularly common nor particularly rare as a first letter for given names: 4.8% of all common first names in the US begin with this letter. The most common initial letters of first names are A and J, while U and X are the least common initials of first names.

With five letters, the name Rowan is comparatively short. In fact, 17.0% of all common first names in the US consist of exactly five letters. Only 7% of all first names are even shorter, while 75% have more than five letters. On average, first names in the US (not counting hyphenated names) are 6.5 letters long. There are no significant differences between boys' and girls' names.

Thus, it follows that if 4.8% of all first names start with an R, this initial letter occurs more often than all 26 letters on average.

With hands, flags and sounds 
How to say Rowan

If your name is Rowan and someone asks after your name, you can of course just tell them what it is. But sometimes that isn't so easy - what if it's too loud, and you don't understand them well? Or what if the other person is so far away that you can see them but not hear them? In these situations, you can communicate your name in so many other ways: you call spell it, sign it, or even use a flag to wave it...

This is how you spell the name Rowan

So that everyone really understands you when you have to spell the name Rowan, you can simply say:






This is how the name Rowan is spelled in the NATO phonetic alphabet

The NATO alphabet often helps people spell words on the phone or radio when there are communication problems.

How do you write Rowan in Braille?

Braille is made up of dots, which the blind and visually impaired can feel to read words.



You want to tell a deaf person that your name is Rowan

Just use American Sign Language!

The name Rowan is particularly colorful in the Semaphore flag signaling system!

These flags are used for maritime communication - each flag represents a letter.


Have you ever waved the name Rowan

In the navy, sailors of two ships might wave flags to each other to send messages. A sailor holds two flags in specific positions to represent different letters.


Beeping like crazy...

In Morse code, letters and other characters are represented only by a series of short and long tones. For example, a short tone followed by a long tone stands for the letter A. Rowan sounds like this: