My mother and I had a discussion the other day about the name Rowan/Rowen. Neither of us personally knows anyone with the name, or has heard it pronounced by anyone who does. I've been assuming a "row your boat" pronunciation, to rhyme with Owen. My mom has been assuming the first part was pronounced as in "ow, I hurt myself," or as in the word rowdy, or as in Howard.
I tried to search online, and most of the evidence supports the row-your-boat pronunciation---but many places give the "rowdy"-type pronunciation as a second or alternate pronunciation, if not as a first. It's additionally complicated because rowan and rowen are both nouns, and their pronunciations may or may not apply to the pronunciation of the name.
I'm going to put a poll over to the right, with a variety of answers to cover a variety of circumstances: I'd think we'd want a vote from someone who actually knows an actual Rowen or Rowan to carry more weight than a vote from someone who, like my mom and me, is just assuming a pronunciation. [Poll closed; see results below.]
Poll results for "How Do You Pronounce the Name Rowan?" (506 votes total):
I know someone; it's like Owen - 255 votes (50%)
I know someone; it's like rowdy - 2 votes (0%)
I know at least once pronounced each way - 1 vote (0%)
I don't know someone; I thought it was like Owen - 245 votes (48%)
I don't know someone; I thought it was like rowdy - 3 votes (1%)
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