|Language(s)||English, Irish (some variants)|
|Meaning||Little red one; eponymous of Rowan tree|
|See also||Roan, Roy, Rohan|
Rowan is an Irish given name and surname. Variants of the name include "Roan", Ruadhán", and "Ruadh". The name comes from the Irish surname "Ó Ruadháin". It is also an Arabic feminine name referring to a river in Paradise.
- Andrew Summers Rowan (1857–1943), American army officer
- Archibald Hamilton Rowan (1751–1834), Irish celebrity and founding member of The Dublin Society of United Irishmen
- Athol Rowan (1921–1998), South African cricketer
- Carl Rowan (born 1925-2000), American journalist and author
- Sir Charles Rowan (c. 1782–1852), officer in the British Army and Commissioner of Police of the (London) Metropolis
- Dan Rowan (died 1987), actor and comedian, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
- Dave Rowan (1882–1955), Canadian baseball player
- Dawn Rowan (born 1946), Australian therapist
- Dominic Rowan (born 1970), English actor
- Ellis Rowan (1847–1922), Australia naturalist and illustrator
- Eric Rowan (1909–1993), South African cricketer
- Erick Rowan (born 1981), ring name of American wrestler Joseph Rudd
- Ev Rowan (1902–1956), American football player
- Ford Rowan, American television reporter, and panelist on Meet the Press
- George Rowan, Scottish footballer
- Gordon Lee Rowan, American killed in Algeria in the In Aménas hostage crisis
- Henry Rowan (1923-2015), American philanthropist and engineer, namesake of Rowan University
- John Rowan (disambiguation)
- Jonathan Rowan (born 1981), English footballer
- Joseph Rowan (1870–1930), U.S. Representative from New York
- Kelly Rowan (born 1965), Canadian actress and model
- Lou Rowan (born 1925), Australian cricket umpire
- Louis R. Rowan (1911–1988), American businessman and racehorse owner and breeder
- Matthew Rowan (died 1769) acting governor of North Carolina, 1753-54
- Peter Rowan (born 1942), American bluegrass musician and composer
- Ron Rowan (born 1962), American basketball player
- Sheila Rowan (physicist), British physicist
- Stephen Clegg Rowan (1808–1890), US Navy vice admiral
- William Rowan (1789–1879), British military commander
- Rowan Alexander, Scottish footballer and manager
- Rowan Atkinson (born 1955), English actor, comedian, and screenwriter
- Rowan Blanchard (born 2001), American child actress
- Rowan Crothers (born 1997), Australian swimmer
- Rowan Cronjé (1937–2014), Rhodesian politician
- Rowan Pelling (born 1968), British editrice and columnist
- Rowan Vine (born 1982), football player
- Rowan Williams (born 1950), Archbishop of Canterbury
- Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805–1865), mathematician
- Rowan Mayfair, a fictional character in the Mayfair Chronicles by Anne Rice
- Professor Rowan, a fictional character from the video games Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum
- Rowan, a fictional character from the film Jason X
- Lily Rowan, a fictional character in the series of novels and narratives about detective Nero Wolfe by American writer Rex Stout
- The Rowan / Angharad Gwyn, a fictional character in "The Tower and the Hive" series by Irish author Anne Inez McCaffrey
- Rowan Morrison, a character in The Wicker Man.
- In the 2006 remake, the character is renamed Rowan Woodward.
- Rowan Whitethorn, A Character From The Book Series; Throne of Glass
- Rowan Theirin (née Guerrin), a fictional character in Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider.
- Rowan Mills of NBC's TV Series, "The Blacklist."
- "Roan – meaning of Roan – name Roan". Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Behind the Name: Meaning, Origin and History of the Name Rowan". Retrieved 2012-07-19.
- "Abdelmalek Sellal: Canadian ID'd as Shadad coordinated Algeria attack". UPI. Retrieved 23 January 2013.
- ADAM NOSSITER and ALAN COWELL (1 March 2011). "Official says 38 hostages were killed at gas field". Herald Tribune. Retrieved 23 January 2013.