McCown History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

McCown was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a metalworker. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Ghobhainn, which means son of the smith. [1]

Early Origins of the McCown family

The surname McCown 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.

Important Dates for the McCown family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCown research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1613, 1698, 1725 and are included under the topic Early McCown History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCown Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. McCown has appeared MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.

Early Notables of the McCown family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the McCown family to Ireland

Some of the McCown family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 99 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McCown migration to the United States

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name McCown:

McCown Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Archibald McCown, who landed in New York, NY in 1739 [2]
  • John McCown, who landed in Ohio in 1798 [2]
McCown Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McCown, who landed in South Carolina in 1808 [2]
  • William McCown, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Dennis McCown, who arrived in Texas in 1829 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McCown (post 1700)

  • Francis Timothy McCown (1922-1999), birth name of Rory Calhoun, American television and film actor, screenwriter, and producer, best known for his starring and producing role in The Texan, a Western television series (1957-1960)
  • Lucas Patrick "Luke" McCown (b. 1981), American football quarterback
  • Joshua Treadwell "Josh" McCown (b. 1979), American football quarterback
  • Robert Alan "Bob" McCown, American-born, Canadian sports talk show personality
  • Rear Admiral Brigham A. McCown (b. 1966), American lawyer
  • John Porter McCown (1815-1879), American major general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Peter Randolph "Randy" McCown (b. 1977), former quarterback for Texas A&M football team

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  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ 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)
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