From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Pronunciation /ˈjuːən/
Gender Male
Word/name Pictish
Meaning Born of Mountain
Region of origin Scotland, Canada
Other names
Related names Ewan, Euan, Eoghan, Ivan, Owen

Ewen is a male given name, most common throughout Scotland and Canada, due to the influence of Scots in that country. 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.

It is 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.

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

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


Old Irish Modern Irish Welsh Scottish Gaelic Scottish English
Éoġan Eóghan Owen Eoghan Ewen

People with this given name[edit]

People with this surname[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ http://www.archives.nd.edu/cgi-bin/lookup.pl?stem=euan