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MeaningBorn of the Yew (Tree)
Region of originScotland
Other names
Related namesEwan, Ewen, Eoghan, Iwan, Owen

Euan is a Scottish, male given name, most common throughout the United Kingdom and Canada, due to the influence of Scots in both nations. It is a derivative of the Pictish name, Vuen (or 'Wen'), which is the Pictish British cognate of Eoghan in Gaelic.[1] It is also, less commonly, a surname.

The name Euan comes from Greek and Hebrew: "Iōannēs" (Ἰωάννης)(New Testament in Greek: St.John's Gospel Ευαγγέλιο του Αγίου Ιωάννη)which in turn comes from the Hebrew "Yochanan", God is gracious. The English equivalent of the name is "John", but the Scottish "Euan" is very close in sound to the original Greek. It is also said to mean "born of the yew (tree)"[2] and is also associated loosely with the Scottish god of the glen. In Gaelic etymology, Euan implies a plethoric (red-faced) individual.

Owain is the predominant Welsh spelling of the name (or Owen when Anglicized), but Iwan and Iuan are also found, as they are in Cornish. Ouen can be considered the French or Breton spelling of the name.

Euan is also a Latin word meaning Bacchus.[3]

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  1. ^ From Pictland to Alba: 789-1070, Alex Woolf, Edinburgh University Press, 2007
  2. ^ Ó Corráin, Donnchadh agus Maguire, Fidelma. Irish Names (1981, 1990). 87-88.
  3. ^ "Latin Word Lookup".