Gowan Family History
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