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The Gowens surname derives from the Irish Gaelic name Mac an Ghabhain, which means "son of the blacksmith." As such, the name was probably originally occupational. It has often appeared in its Anglicized form Smith.

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The surname Gowens was first found in County Cavan, where the Sept originated.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Smith, MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gowens research. Another 271 words (19 lines of text) covering the year 1659 is included under the topic Early Gowens History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gowens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Archibald McGowan, who arrived with his children Duncan, John and Margaret in New York in 1739; Patrick MacGowan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764. Charles, Daniel, Edward, James, John, Mark, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Roger, Thomas, and William MacGowan all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860.

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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: Tenebras expellit et hostes
Motto Translation: He drives forth the darkness and the foe.

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The Gowens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gowens 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 27 February 2012 at 12:48.

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