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Most Common Male Name:  Owen

Owen is an anglicized version of the Welsh name Owain and the Irish name Eoghan, which are both related to the name Eugene. All come from the Greek for “well born” or “nobly born”. It is popular in Europe, North America, and countries where English is spoken. Owen I ruled the kingdom of Strathclyde, located in what is now southern Scotland and northern England, while Owen Tudor is the Welsh progenitor of the English Tudor dynasty. Owen Meany is the title character in the book by John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany. Owen Owen is the name of a department store chain in the UK.

Most Common Female Name:  Olivia

Olivia’s origin is murky. It may come from the Latin oliva, meaning “olive tree”. Another idea is that it is a feminization of the name Oliver, which comes either from the Latin olivarius, also meaning “olive tree”, or from Olaf, which means “ancestor’s heirloom” in Proto-Germanic. This much is certain: the name’s popularity picked up considerably in the US after seeing the character of Olivia Walton on the American TV show The Waltons, which began in 1972. Famous Olivias include the first appearance of that name, Olivia in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, as well as Australian actress Olivia Newton-John.

 
 
 
 
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