It comes from the Gaelic name Eoghan. There were several legendary Irish figures with the name Eoghan, which possibly means "born from the yew tree" in Irish. Some say it may be derived from Eugene which comes from Greek words meaning "well born." I've also seen some sites say that Ewan means "Youth" but I'm not sure where they got that information from.
If you do more research on Eoghan, you'll see that it also has various spellings and that its true meaning is heavily debated. The encyclopedia of Irish Names (1981, 1990) disputes any connection with Eugene and derives the name from Old Irish: Eógan meaning "born of the yew". So I think I'll go with that!
As you can see, Ewan has plenty of possible roots and brother-names. What I think makes it so special is its unique sound, spelling and the fact that it isn't super popular. Sure, you've heard of the Scottish Actor Ewan McGregor, but how many others do you know? I can't say I've met one.
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In 2012, there were 140 baby Ewans born, ranking the name at #1245. Compare that to the 7,851 baby boys named Evan (#47), and the 8,630 baby boys named Owen (#38).
I like Ewan for how under-the-radar it still is. What do you think of it?
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Sisters: Ainsley, Caitlin, Clara, Fiona, Isla, Maeve, Rosalie, Siobhan
Brothers: Aiden, Callum, Finn, Gavin, Kellan, Lachlan, Ronan, Teague
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I love Ewan. It is one of my top choices for a boys name. The only problem I have is that my married name is an Irish name starting with an O'. Do you think Ewan is too Scottish leaning to pair with a very Irish last name?
If you live in Ireland or Scotland, perhaps. I don't live there so I'm not sure if it would be totally obvious and be a huge deal or not. But if you're in the states, I don't think anyone would notice.
Plus, Ewan comes from Gaelic, and there were several legendary Irish figures with the name Eoghan, which Ewan comes from. To many people, it is all so similar that these Celtic/Gaelic/Irish/Scotish names just "go together" and many don't know the difference between them.
The encyclopedia of Irish Names (1981, 1990) derives the name from Old Irish: Eógan meaning "born of the yew". So according to that, Ewan IS Irish.
Ewan O'Donaghue or Ewan O'Neill would sound fine to me if you really like it. I'm sure there's plenty of Ewan's with non-Scottish last names out there. :)
There is also Eoin or Eamon that are Irish and similar. I hope that helps.
- Kara @ The Art of Naming
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