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Gowan Surname Meaning

Scottish and Irish (Laois and Dublin): from Scottish Gaelic Ó Gobhann Mac Gobhann Irish Mac Gabhann ‘descendant (or son) of the smith’ (from gobha ‘smith’). In Ireland (in the south especially) this name has often been translated into English as Smith . Compare McGowan .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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 1891 there were 115 Gowan families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Gowan's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Gowan families in 1891.
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What did your Gowan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Gowan. 20% of Gowan men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Gowan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gowan were Licensed Victualler and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    20%
  • Electrical Engineer
    14%
  • Bank Cashier
    14%
  • Licensed Victualler
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Private Means
    6%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
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Census Records

There are 74,000 census records available for the last name Gowan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gowan 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Gowan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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