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Gowans Family History

Gowans Name Meaning
Scottish: variant of McGowan ‘son of the smith’, in which the Gaelic patronymic prefix Mac has been replaced by the English patronymic suffix -s.

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

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18,667 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
1,460 Military Records
3,106 Immigration Records
14,450 Census and Voter Lists
27,931 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Gowans Families

  • Number of Gowans families
     11 - 19
     4 - 10
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Gowans families
     39 - 76
     14 - 38
     1 - 13
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Gowans families
     113 - 224
     38 - 112
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Gowans Family Origin

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Gowans Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Gowans

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Gowans Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Gowans census records

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Gowans Civil War Service Records

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