Rowan is a gender-neutral name of Irish and Scottish origins, deriving from Ruadhán, meaning “little redhead.” A strong surname, Rowan is also as beloved in nature as it is in folklore. The Rowan tree was thought to protect against witchcraft and enchantment, and today grows as a deciduous tree that fruits red berries in the autumn. Celebrities have also grown fond of Rowan, with actor Brooke Shields giving the name to her daughter in 2003. A name that’s so vividly associated with red could be perfect for a little red-haired baby, or to pay tribute to your favorite color or fiery personality. Whatever your preference, Rowan is undoubtedly a red-hot choice.
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