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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


When Gowan was first used as a surname among the ancient Scottish people, it was a name for a metalworker. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Ghobhainn, which means son of the smith.

Gowan Early Origins



The surname Gowan was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold, where the name is from the Gaelic 'Govha' meaning 'a blacksmith' and as such could have been a name that applied to people throughout Scotland. However, as in the case of clans like the Fletchers or Clarks, eventually the name became attributed to a specific area or region. As such, The Clan was also located in Nithsfield in the 12th century, and recorded as a Border Clan. To the west in Elgin and Galloway they were known as the MacGavins.

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Gowan Spelling Variations


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Gowan Spelling Variations



The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. Gowan has been spelled MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.

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Gowan Early History


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Gowan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gowan research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1613, 1698 and 1725 are included under the topic Early Gowan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gowan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gowan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gowan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gowan In Ireland


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Gowan In Ireland



Some of the Gowan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name Gowan:

Gowan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Duncan Gowan settled in Barbados in 1745
  • George Gowan, who arrived in America in 1798

Gowan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip Gowan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Sarah Gowan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Nancy Gowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • James Gowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Henry Gowan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gowan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Jacob Gowan, aged 50 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Achilles" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  • Miss. Mary Gowan, aged 2 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Syria" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)

Gowan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jesse Gowan, aged Elizabeth, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Stephen Gowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Harriet Gowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Sarah Ann Gowan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Somersetshire" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm
  • Frederick Gowan, aged 28, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Gowan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • R H Gowan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • F Gowan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Olympus
  • H Gowan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Olympus

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gowan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gowan (post 1700)



  • Charles Gowan (1850-1938), American and Canadian pioneer and politician
  • Peter Gowan (1944-2009), Scottish-born football winger
  • John Gowan (b. 1934), Scottish sixteenth General of the Salvation Army
  • Geoffrey Gowan CM, PhD (1929-2013), English-born, Canadian sports broadcaster for the CBC
  • Sir James Robert Gowan (1815-1909), Canadian lawyer, judge, and senator
  • Nelson Lee Gowan (b. 1961), Canadian novelist
  • James Gowan (b. 1977), Australian rules footballer
  • Ogle Robert Gowan (1803-1876), Canadian farmer, Orangeman, journalist and politician in Upper Canada
  • Chris Gowan (b. 1977), Australian rules football player
  • Lawrence Gowan (b. 1956), Scottish-born, Canadian musician

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Gowan Historic Events


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Gowan Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. G. Gowan, English Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Juncta arma decori
Motto Translation: Arms united to merit.


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Gowan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SOMERSETSHIRE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Somersetshire.htm

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
  11. ...

The Gowan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gowan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 8 November 2016 at 09:19.

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