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Gowan Name Meaning

Irish (Cavan): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’. Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McGowan or from the genitive (gobhainn) of gobhan ‘smith’. In Ireland (in the south, especially), these names were also translated as Smith.

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


Similar surnames: Govan, Rowan, Gogan, Logan, Gowans, Gowen, Toran, Cowan, Coan, Ronan

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Where is the Gowan family from?

You can see how Gowan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gowan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gowan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 7 Gowan families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Gowan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Gowan families in 1840.
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What did your Gowan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gowan. 16% of Gowan men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Gowan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gowan were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Saleslady
    7%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Gowan. 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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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Gowan. For the veterans among your Gowan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gowan lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Gowan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gowan in 1946 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

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