Owen

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178k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Owen mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Owen

"Owen" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Desire Born". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ow"en
Own.

Etymology: See Own

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English comparative anatomist and paleontologist who was an opponent of Darwinism (1804-1892)
  2. Welsh industrialist and social reformer who founded cooperative communities (1771-1858)
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name of Welsh origin, possibly derived from Eugene, cognate to Gaelic Eòghan.
  2. A Welsh patronymic surname​ derived from the given name.
  3. An Irish and Scottish patronymic surname​ from the Gaelic Mac Eoghain.
  4. A town in South Australia
  5. A town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  6. A town in Indiana
  7. A city in Wisconsin

Notable Persons Named Owen

Owen Wilson is an actor, writer, producer, and screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 1996. Owen was given the name Owen Cunningham Wilson by his parent Laura Wilson (photographer) on November 18th, 1968 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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Owen Mercer is a comics character.

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Owen Hart was a wrestler. Owen was born on May 7th, 1965 in Calgary. He died on May 23rd, 1999.

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Owen was born on August 8th, 1984 in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK.

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Owen Hargreaves is a soccer player for the Calgary Foothills FC, Bayern Munich Junior Team, FC Bayern Munich II, FC Bayern Munich, Manchester United F.C., Manchester City F.C., Wales national under-19 football team, England national under-21 football team, and England national football B team. Owen was born on January 20th, 1981 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

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Owen Hunt is an attending trauma surgeon at grey sloan memorial hospital and attending physician.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Owen

Clive Owen is an actor. He was most prominent from 1988 to present. Clive was born on October 3rd, 1964 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, UK.

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Michael Owen is a soccer player for the Liverpool F.C., Real Madrid C.F., Newcastle United F.C., Manchester United F.C., Stoke City F.C., England national under-16 football team, and England national under-18 football team. Michael was born on December 14th, 1979 in Chester, England.

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Wilfred Owen was a war poet writer. Wilfred was born on March 18th, 1893 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England. He breathed his last breath on November 4th, 1918.

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Robert Owen was a co-operator; social reformer and factory owner; inventor. Robert was born on May 14th, 1771 in Newtown, Montgomeryshire, Wales. He breathed his last breath on November 17th, 1858.

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Chris Owen is an actor and photographer. Chris was born on September 25th, 1980 in Michigan.

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Jake Owen is a country music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Jake was given the name Joshua Ryan Owen on August 28th, 1981 in Winter Haven, Florida.

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How popular is the baby name Owen in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 78 0 78
1881 67 0 67
1882 65 0 65
1883 63 0 63
1884 91 0 91
1885 70 0 70
1886 83 0 83
1887 68 0 68
1888 98 0 98
1889 75 0 75
1890 68 0 68
1891 73 0 73
1892 102 0 102
1893 80 0 80
1894 80 0 80
1895 75 0 75
1896 83 0 83
1897 70 0 70
1898 64 0 64
1899 66 0 66
1900 93 0 93
1901 80 0 80
1902 63 0 63
1903 83 0 83
1904 71 0 71
1905 89 0 89
1906 82 0 82
1907 104 0 104
1908 105 0 105
1909 90 0 90
1910 118 0 118
1911 156 0 156
1912 265 0 265
1913 293 0 293
1914 356 0 356
1915 484 5 479
1916 494 5 489
1917 495 6 489
1918 599 8 591
1919 556 0 556
1920 598 0 598
1921 703 0 703
1922 632 0 632
1923 592 5 587
1924 634 0 634
1925 582 0 582
1926 560 5 555
1927 550 0 550
1928 507 0 507
1929 534 9 525
1930 521 8 513
1931 461 5 456
1932 444 0 444
1933 440 0 440
1934 435 0 435
1935 411 0 411
1936 385 0 385
1937 411 0 411
1938 412 6 406
1939 383 0 383
1940 363 0 363
1941 413 0 413
1942 414 0 414
1943 418 0 418
1944 392 0 392
1945 369 0 369
1946 392 0 392
1947 405 0 405
1948 385 0 385
1949 370 0 370
1950 396 6 390
1951 376 0 376
1952 455 0 455
1953 413 0 413
1954 404 0 404
1955 346 0 346
1956 398 0 398
1957 411 5 406
1958 370 0 370
1959 385 0 385
1960 387 0 387
1961 354 0 354
1962 348 0 348
1963 279 0 279
1964 295 0 295
1965 272 0 272
1966 265 0 265
1967 230 0 230
1968 221 6 215
1969 274 0 274
1970 245 6 239
1971 248 0 248
1972 317 0 317
1973 342 6 336
1974 336 0 336
1975 297 0 297
1976 279 0 279
1977 323 0 323
1978 277 5 272
1979 371 0 371
1980 353 0 353
1981 381 0 381
1982 383 6 377
1983 363 6 357
1984 398 0 398
1985 419 6 413
1986 405 0 405
1987 462 0 462
1988 466 0 466
1989 434 0 434
1990 479 0 479
1991 461 6 455
1992 453 0 453
1993 458 0 458
1994 488 0 488
1995 706 6 700
1996 1,005 0 1,005
1997 1,371 6 1,365
1998 1,880 8 1,872
1999 2,380 6 2,374
2000 2,721 7 2,714
2001 3,031 0 3,031
2002 4,199 11 4,188 #94 boy name
2003 5,714 14 5,700 #72 boy name
2004 6,734 28 6,706 #67 boy name
2005 7,188 21 7,167 #60 boy name
2006 8,181 11 8,170 #58 boy name
2007 8,259 13 8,246 #56 boy name
2008 7,820 25 7,795 #58 boy name
2009 8,153 14 8,139 #51 boy name
2010 8,184 10 8,174 #47 boy name
2011 8,347 18 8,329 #44 boy name
2012 8,709 20 8,689 #38 boy name
2013 8,770 15 8,755 #38 boy name
2014 9,166 23 9,143 #36 boy name
2015 9,605 18 9,587 #36 boy name
2016 10,308 26 10,282 #23 boy name
2017 9,341 29 9,312 #28 boy name

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Popularity of Owen as a first name

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Popularity of Owen as a last name

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Common last names for Owen

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Roberts
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Jackson
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Kelly

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Owen U.S.
  White 91.78% 64.26%
  African American 2.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.73% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.71% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Owen

People with the last name Owen are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Owen

  • What name lists does Owen rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Owen? Owen is the 407th most popular name of all time. In 2017 Owen was the 28th most popular name. As a last name Owen was the 543rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Owen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 178,400 babies born with the first name Owen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Owen to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Owen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 78 new born babies.
  • When was Owen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Owen is Wednesday, October 6th, 1813.
  • What year had the most people named Owen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Owen was in 2016 with a total of 10,282 babies. That's a lot of babies named Owen!
  • Random Owen Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Owen ranks 67th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 58 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Owen: Your name in reverse order is Newo. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nowe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Owen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 61,630 people with the last name Owen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Owen? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 21 of them will have Owen as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.