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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


MacGowan was a name for a metalworker. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Ghobhainn, which means son of the smith.

MacGowan Early Origins



The surname MacGowan 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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MacGowan Spelling Variations


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MacGowan Spelling Variations



During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name MacGowan include MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.

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MacGowan Early History


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MacGowan Early History



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

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MacGowan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacGowan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacGowan In Ireland


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MacGowan In Ireland



Some of the MacGowan 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



Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North Ameri ca. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of MacGowan:

MacGowan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick MacGowan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764

MacGowan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip MacGowan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Bernard MacGowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • James MacGowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • John MacGowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Mary MacGowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGowan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacGowan (post 1700)



  • John R. MacGowan, American soldier during World War II, recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions during the Battle of Buna-Gona
  • Kenneth Macgowan (1888-1963), American Academy Award winning film producer for La Cucaracha (1934), the first chair of the Department of Theater Arts at UCLA
  • Howard H. MacGowan, American politician, U.S. Collector of Customs, 1947-51
  • David Bell Macgowan (b. 1870), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Moscow, 1915-17; U.S. Consul in Moscow, 1917-18; Vladivostok, 1918-22; Riga, 1922; Kovno, 1927
  • Basil F. Macgowan, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Hamilton, 1945; Belgrade, 1945
  • Samuel MacGowan (1819-1897), American Presbyterian, jurist and Confederate soldier
  • Alexander Gault MacGowan (1894-1970), British war correspondent during World War II
  • Shaun MacGowan (b. 1988), British violinist, keyboardist and guitarist
  • Alexander Henry Boswall MacGowan (1850-1927), Canadian businessman and politician in British Columbia
  • James MacGowan, New Zealand statesman
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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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MacGowan Clan Badge


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MacGowan Clan Badge




MacGowan Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacGowan
MacCoven, MacCovene, MacCovine, MacCowine, MacCown, MacCowynn, MacCowynne, MacGaffin, MacGafin, MacGavin, MacGoun, MacGowan, MacGowand, MacGowane, MacGowant, MacGowen, MacGowend, MacGowent, MacGowin, MacGowind, MacGowint, MacGown, MacGowyn, MacGowynd, Magarvin, Maggarvin, Maggolm, Maggom, Maggomb, Maggombe, Maggome, Maggone, Maggoom, Maggoomb, Maggoombe, Maggoven, Maggovene, Maggovine, Maggowan, Maggowand, Maggowane, Maggowant, Maggowen, Maggowend, Maggowent, Maggowin, Maggowind, Maggowine, Maggowint, Maggown and more.

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MacGowan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    5. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    11. ...

    The MacGowan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacGowan 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 15 January 2016 at 12:26.

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