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The Gowing 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.

Gowing Early Origins



The surname Gowing was first found in County Cavan, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity. The Irish name MacGowan (not to be confused with the Scottish, which roots from MacGoun) is most often hidden under the ubiquitous name Smith. In Irish, the name is Mac an Ghabhain, which means 'son of the blacksmith'; thus its translation to Smith. In England, Horsington Manor in Somerset was owned by the Gowens family from sometime in the 1500s through 1653 when it was sold.

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Gowing Spelling Variations


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Gowing Spelling Variations



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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Gowing Early History


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Gowing Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gowing research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Gowing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gowing Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gowing Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gowing Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gowing Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Gowing, who landed in Virginia in 1633
  • Robert Gowing, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1644

Gowing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria Gowing arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849
  • Mary Gowing arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849
  • Naomi Gowing arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849

Gowing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • H. Gowing arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1869

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gowing (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gowing (post 1700)



  • George E. Gowing, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Erie County 5th District, 1911
  • Eric Austin Gowing (1913-1981), New Zealand clergyman, 7th Anglican Bishop of Auckland (1960-1978)
  • John Ellis Symonds Gowing (1835-1908), English-born, Australian retailer and founder of the department store Gowings in 1868
  • Nik Keith Gowing (b. 1951), British television journalist
  • Margaret Mary Gowing FBA, FRS, CBE, (1921-1998), English historian, Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Sir Lawrence Burnet Gowing (1918-1991), English artist, writer, curator and teacher

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


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gowing Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gowing 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 20 June 2016 at 16:16.

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