Owen \o-wen\ as a boy's name is pronounced OH-en. It is of Scottish and Greek origin, and the meaning of Owen is "born of yew; youth". Variant of Eoghan. Also variant of the Latin name Eugenius (see Eugene). It may also derive from an old Celtic name meaning "born of Esos", referring to a god with a cult in Gaul. Owen Glendower was a 14th-century Welsh chieftain who fought unsuccessfully for Welsh independence from England. Common outside Wales since the 18th century. Author Owen Wister; actor Owen Wilson.