Gowans Family History

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Gowans Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of McGowan ‘son of the smith’, in which the Gaelic patronymic prefix Mac has been replaced by the English patronymic suffix -s.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

Where is the Gowans family from?

Gowans Family Occupations

What did your Gowans ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Gowans family was Mason. The most common Gowans occupation in the UK was Fisherman. 5% of Gowans's were Fishermans. Fisherman, Labourer and Farm Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gowans.

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  • Fisherman

  • Labourer

  • Farm Servant

  • Mason


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Gowans ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Gowans Historical Records

What Gowans family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 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 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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Gowans Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gowans

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gowans ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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