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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


Similar surnames: Gogan, Gowan, Logan, Moran, Toran, Honan, Ronan, Cavan, Given, Dolan

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Where is the Govan family from?

You can see how Govan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Govan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Govan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there was 1 Govan family living in Massachusetts. This was about 25% of all the recorded Govan's in USA. Massachusetts and 3 other states had the highest population of Govan families in 1840.
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What did your Govan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Govan. 31% of Govan men worked as a Laborer and 18% of Govan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Govan were Chauffeur and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Farm Laborer
    11%
  • Chauffeur
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    18%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Cook
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Govan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Govan. For the veterans among your Govan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Govan lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Govan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Govan in 1953 was 31, and 71 in 2004.

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