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Gowing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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.

Early Origins of the Gowing family


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.

Early History of the Gowing family


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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.

Early Notables of the Gowing family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gowing family to the New World and Oceana


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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Gowing, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1644 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Gowing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria Gowing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  • Mary Gowing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  • Naomi Gowing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm

Gowing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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
  • James Gowing Godwin (1923-1995), New Zealand military aviator, prisoner of war, war crimes investigator and colonial administrator

The Gowing 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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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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