Gowan Family History

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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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Gowan Family Origin

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Gowan Family Occupations

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 UK named Gowan. 2% of Gowan men worked as a General Labourer and 48% of Gowan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gowan were House Painter and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bank Cashier
  • Electrical Engineer
  • House Painter

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Gowan Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Gowan Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gowan

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