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Baby Names:

Owen

Meaning: Noble, well-born

Origin: Welsh

Alternate spellings: Owain, Owin

Owen, considered to be the Welsh version of Eugene, likely means “noble, well-born.” While Eugene has plunged in popularity over the past two centuries, Owen has steadily crept up the rankings. Its uptick has two possible sources: the baby boy born to a character from the 1990s nighttime drama Party of Five and A-list actor Owen Wilson, whose high-profile relationships, prominent nose, and whimsical films with Wes Anderson have inspired numerous hipster parents since his 1996 debut, Bottle Rocket.

By The Numbers

U.S. Rank by Year

2000: 145

2004: 67

2008: 58

Rank of Similar Names in 2008

Omari 544

Owen 58

Oliver 118

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