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Mcgowan Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac (a') Ghobhainn or Mac Gobhann (Scottish) or Mac (an) Ghabhann (Irish) ‘son of (the) smith’. This name has also been Anglicized as Smith and Smithson .

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


Similar surnames: Mccowan, Gowan, Mcgahan, Mcelwain, Mcgrogan, Mccolgan, Mcowen

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Where is the Mcgowan family from?

You can see how Mcgowan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcgowan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcgowan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 68 Mcgowan families living in New York. This was about 41% of all the recorded Mcgowan's in USA. New York had the highest population of Mcgowan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mcgowan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Mcgowan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mcgowan. 15% of Mcgowan men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Mcgowan women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcgowan were Salesman 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

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 184,000 census records available for the last name Mcgowan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mcgowan 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcgowan. 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 36,000 military records available for the last name Mcgowan. For the veterans among your Mcgowan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcgowan lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mcgowan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Mcgowan in 1943 was 31, and 74 in 2004.

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