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Gowans Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: variant of McGowan ‘son of the smith’ in which the Gaelic patronymic prefix Mac has been replaced by the English patronymic suffix -s.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


Similar surnames: Cowans, Gowan, Gowins, Owens, Bowens, Omans, Gowens, Gowen, Govan

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Where is the Gowans family from?

You can see how Gowans families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gowans family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gowans families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there was 1 Gowans family living in Michigan. This was about 50% of all the recorded Gowans's in USA. Michigan and 1 other state had the highest population of Gowans families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Gowans surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Gowans ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gowans. 27% of Gowans men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Gowans women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gowans were Clerk and Secretary. .

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    19%
  • Miner
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Housekeeper
    14%
  • Librarian
    14%
  • Secretary
    10%
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Gowans. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gowans census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Gowans. 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 Gowans. For the veterans among your Gowans ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gowans lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Gowans life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Gowans in 1954 was 51, and 81 in 2004.

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