owen, sir


Sir Richard, 1804–92, English zoologist and anatomist.
Robert, 1771–1858, Welsh social reformer in Great Britain and the U.S.
Wilfred, 1893–1918, English poet.
a male given name.
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Owen (ˈəʊɪn)
1.  David (Anthony Llewellyn), Baron. born 1938, British politician: Labour foreign secretary (1977--79); cofounder of the Social Democratic Party (1981) and its leader (1983--87): leader (1988--92) of the section of the Social Democratic Party that did not merge with the Liberal Party in 1988; peace envoy to Bosnia-Herzegovina (1992--94)
2.  Michael (James). born 1979, British footballer; plays for Newcastle United (from 2005) and England (from 1997)
3.  Sir Richard. 1804--92, English comparative anatomist and palaeontologist
4.  Robert. 1771--1858, Welsh industrialist and social reformer. He formed a model industrial community at New Lanark, Scotland, and pioneered cooperative societies. His books include New View of Society (1813)
5.  Wilfred. 1893--1918, English poet of World War I, who was killed in action

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Word Origin & History

Celtic proper name, ultimately from Gk. eugenes "well-born;" via Gael. Eoghann, O.Ir. Eogan, O.Welsh Eugein, Ougein. In Medieval records, frequently Latinized as Eugenius; the form Eugene emerged in Scotland by 1178. The Breton form Even led to modern Fr. Ivain. Owenite in ref. to the communistic system
of social reformer Robert Owen (1771-1858) is attested from 1829.
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