The surname McGow comes from the Gaelic Mac Ghobhainn, meaning son of the smith. CITATION[CLOSE]
Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
Early Origins of the McGow family
The surname McGow 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.
Early History of the McGow family
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McGow Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacGowan, McGowan, MacGowin, McGowin, MacGowen, McGowen, Gow, Gowan, Gowen, Gowin, MacGavin, McGavin and many more.
Early Notables of the McGow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McGow family to Ireland
Some of the McGow family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 166 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McGow family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McGow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James McGow, aged 35, who settled in America, in 1894
- James McGow, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
McGow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary Ann McGow, aged 58, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1923
- Thomas McGow, aged 60, who emigrated to America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1923
- Thomas Richard McGow, aged 37, who landed in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1923
- George Stobie McGow, aged 1, who landed in America from Broughty Ferry, Scotland, in 1924
- Margaret Anderson McGow, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Broughty Ferry, Scotland, in 1924
The McGow 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.