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Anglicised from the Irish saints' name Ruadhán (little red one), or as a surname from Ó Ruadháin (descendant of Ruadhán).

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  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name.
  3. A female given name of modern usage, often associated with the rowan tree.
    • 2010 Sophie Hannah, A Room Swept White, Hodder & Stoughton, →ISBN, pages 321-322:
      'The Yardleys' inventiveness with names is one of the many reasons I'm in trouble,' said Duffy, returning with a mug of tea each for her and Charlie. 'I referred to their younger son Rowan as "she" in a report I wrote. I've only known of two other Rowans and both were female, so I assumed Helen's Rowan was too.

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