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I'll admit it: I have a huge crush on Ewan McGregor. I've seen nearly every movie he's ever been in, from Trainspotting to Star Wars. (He made a dashing young Obi-Wan Kenobi, my daughter and I agree.) And if I had one of those "freebie" lists that many married couples have, he would absolutely secure a top spot—especially if he can look as amazing as he did in Moulin Rouge or Down With Love.

And his name would have earned a top spot on my boys' names lists, too. As far as I'm concerned, it's a name deserves to be just as popular as he is. Ewan is a Celtic/Scottish name that means "young." It's a name that might be worth considering if you like some of the more popular boys' names like Owen, Liam, Evan and the like, and are looking for something that's unique—without resorting to spelling Liam Lee-Am. Ewan is pronounced  like you-en, if you haven't ever heard it pronounced. And it's a name that hasn't even cracked the top 1000 here in the U.S., though it's a bit more popular in the U.K.

Ewan would make a lovely middle name in its own right, but if you did want to use it as a first name, it would pair beautifully with a longer middle name. I'm thinking of names like Jeremy, Zachary or even Theodore. (His parents apparently paired it with a very similar, two-syllable middle name, Gordon.)

What do you think of the name Ewan for a boy? Is it a name you would consider for your son?

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