- the European mountain ash (Sorbus aucuparia), a tree with pinnately compound leaves, white flowers, and red berries
- either of two similar American mountain ashes
- the orange or red berry of a rowanalso row′an·ber·rypl. -·ries
Origin of rowan; from Scand, as in Norwegian rogn, raun, Old Norse reynir, akin to Old Norse rauthr, red: from the color of the fruit
Origin of rowanOf Scandinavian origin; see reudh- in Indo-European roots.
From Northern English or Scottish, of Old Norse origin: cf. reynir; compare Norwegian rogn, Danish rÃ¸n. Ultimately related to the root of red.
- A surname.
- A male given name.
- A female given name of modern usage, often associated with the rowan tree.
Anglicised from the Irish saints' name RuadhÃ¡n (“little red one"), or as a surname from Ã“ RuadhÃ¡in (“descendant of RuadhÃ¡n").