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Origin and popularity of the name EWEN

Origin

Ewen : 1: Scottish and English: from the Scottish personal name Ewen an Anglicized form of Gaelic Eòghan (Old Irish Eógan) sometimes rendered into Latin as Eugenius from Greek eugenēs ‘well-born’. The Gaelic name however means ‘born of the yew-tree’ (Old Irish eó). See McEwen.2: English and Welsh: from the Old and Anglo-Norman French personal name Iwain Breton Iven Even a borrowing of Welsh Owain Ewein Ywein ultimately derived from Latin Eugenius ‘well born’ (compare Owen). In Herefordshire and Lincolnshire the personal name was borne by men of Breton descent. Its medieval popularity may have been enhanced by the heroic figure of Ywain in the 12th-century History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth who subsequently appeared as one of King Arthur's knights in Arthurian romances. The character derived from a 6th-century historical person Owain mab Urien.3: German and East Frisian: patronymic from Evo a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name formed with ēwe ‘law contract’ later ‘marriage’.4: Jewish (Israeli): from Hebrew even ‘stone’ a translation of the surname Stein or any of its compounds.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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