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Govan Family History

Govan Name Meaning
habitational name from Govan near Glasgow, first recorded c.1134 as Guven, possibly meaning ‘place of the smith’, although more recently a Cumbric word gir ‘hill’ has been suggested.from a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac a’Ghobhainn ‘son of the smith’, from gobha ‘smith’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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19,694 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
1,722 Military Records
2,990 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Govan Families

  • Number of Govan families
     41 - 79
     14 - 40
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Govan families
     19 - 36
     7 - 18
     1 - 6
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Govan families
     117 - 232
     40 - 116
     1 - 39
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Govan Family Origin

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Govan Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Govan

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Govan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Govan Civil War Service Records

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