Origin of rowan
- Of Scandinavian origin reudh- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Northern English or Scottish, of Old Norse origin: cf. reynir; compare Norwegian rogn, Danish rÃ¸n. Ultimately related to the root of red.
- Anglicised from the Irish saints' name RuadhÃ¡n (“little red one"), or as a surname from Ã“ RuadhÃ¡in (“descendant of RuadhÃ¡n").