Posts Tagged With: Owen

Brunel & Bowen

Instead of looking at just the one name today, we’re instead going to ponder about two.

First off is Brunel, famously the surname of the great civil engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Then we have Brunel University, founded in 1966 and named for the engineer; you can find it located in Uxbridge, London.

The surname has seen countless variation in it’s centuries long history, but is most likely to have derived from the German brun, meaning brown.

Aside from the surname, there exists a female name: Brunella, which is a feminine form of Bruno.

Brunella also happens to be the original Latin name for a plant known as selfheal. However, both Brunel and Brunelle are now unused alternative names for the plant, with the modern name being Prunella.

Then we have Bowen.

Again, Bowen is a surname of Welsh origins meaning son of Owain; Owain being the Welsh version of Owen.

As always seems the way, these deceptively simple looking names are not so simple to explain their meanings, although it is most probable that they are related to several other names, namely: Eoghan, Ewan and Eugene.

Eoghan is an Irish name, whose meaning is usually given as born from the yew tree. Eoghan could also be a variant of Eugene, a name which comes from the Greek Eugenios and means well-born. As for Ewan, he’s considered to be a Scottish offshoot of this particular cluster of names.

Other variants of Owain include the medieval Welsh name Ywein and Yvain; the latter coming from Arthurian Legend as the name of one of the Knights of the Round Table.

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Santa Special

Santa Train, via flickr

I’ve spent all weekend handing out presents to excitable small children, and what has to be the biggest pack of Brownies I’ve ever come across in my life. This all adds up to the need for an extra special post to give me a chance to share with you as many names as my poor mind can remember.

That said, this post does comes with the warning that, whilst I know their rough ages due for present-selecting purposes, I can only hazard a guess at the spellings of their names. This is by no means a complete list, rather, a collection of the ones I remembered, and for the sake of simplicity, yes there were many multiples of many of these names, but I’ve forgone this since I can’t give exact numbers on how frequent each names was used, but, the ones I saw time and time again?

  • Alfie
  • Ben
  • Hayden
  • Henry
  • Lucy
  • Isabella
  • Joshua
  • Ruby

Before unleashing the lists on you, it is worth noting that the children could’ve easily been introducing themselves by their nickname, not their fullname.


Alfie James Olly
Eloise Nina Polly
Evie Meggie Ruby
Isabella Maggie Susanna


Ace Cameron George Lucy
Aiden Casper Hannah Maisie
Alfie Charlie Harry Nancy
Amy Che Henry Niamh
Archie Chelsea Holly Phoebe
Baxter Debbie Isabella Sally
Bea Ebony Isla Sally
Bella Eddy Jack Sean
Ben Edward Jenny Stanley
Billy Effie Liam Teddy
Bobby Evan Lila Thisbe
Callum Evie Lola William


Abby Esther Jason Oliver
Abigail Ethan Joel Olivia
Alfie Eve Jordan Olly
Alice Ewan Joshua Oscar
Amelia Faith Kian Owen
Ben Felix Lenny Penny
Bess Fergus Leon Poppy
Betty Gabby Lily Poppy
Bruno Gabriella Lola Ralphie
Cameron George Lolly Riley (m)
Cleo Hamish Lucy Rosie
Coco Hannah Luke Samuel
Daniel Imogen Maggie Summer
Darcy Isabella Martha Summer
Eleanor Isla Molly Tammy
Elise Jack Niamh Tommy
Emily James Nora William


Alex Freddie Joshua Reuben
Archie Georgia Kai Sam
Ben Geraldine Kiefer Scarlett
Cameron Greta Leo Sophie
Charlie Hannah Lexie Stacy
Charlotte Harriet Libby Summer
Chloe Hayden Lily Teddy
Connor Isabella Lucy Theo
Delphine Jessica Margaret Thomas
Eliza Jessie Molly Verity
Elliott Jimmy Noah Victoria
Elliott Jimmy Owen Wendy
Emily Joe Perry Willa
Erin Jools Petra William
George Joseph Rebecca Zeke


Bea Jack Molly
Becky Jake Sarah
Ben Jessica Stanley
Erin Matthew Thomas
Felicia Noah William


Charlotte Joel Charlotte
Emily Joshua Quinn
Emmy Matthew Rowan
Frank Melody Winnie
Hattie Niall Zach
James Noor  
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