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The surname MacGow comes from the Gaelic Mac Ghobhainn, meaning son of the smith. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print


Early Origins of the MacGow family


The surname MacGow 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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Early History of the MacGow family

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Early History of the MacGow family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacGow research.
Another 202 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1613, 1698, 1725 and are included under the topic Early MacGow History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacGow Spelling Variations

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MacGow Spelling Variations


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

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Early Notables of the MacGow family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the MacGow family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacGow family to Ireland

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Migration of the MacGow family to Ireland


Some of the MacGow family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacGow family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the MacGow family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Thomas Gowen who settled in Virginia in 1635; James Gowen settled in Annapolis in 1729; Duncan Gowan settled in Barbados in 1745; John and Walter Gow arrived in New York in 1820.

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The MacGow Motto

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The MacGow 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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  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print

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