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Multiple Origins for the Surname McGowan



The McGowan 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.

McGowan Early Origins



The surname McGowan 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.

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McGowan Spelling Variations


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McGowan Spelling Variations



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

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McGowan Early History


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McGowan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGowan research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1659 are included under the topic Early McGowan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McGowan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGowan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGowan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGowan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald McGowan, who arrived with his children Duncan, John and Margaret in New York, NY in 1739
  • Archibald McGowan, who arrived in New York in 1739 [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)
  • Patrick McGowan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764 [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)

McGowan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Philip McGowan, aged 34, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [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)
  • Danl McGowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [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)
  • Grace McGowan, aged 27, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [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)
  • Fras McGowan, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [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)
  • Mark McGowan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGowan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McGowan, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ellen McGowan, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Ann McGowan, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • John McGowan, aged 13, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • Matty McGowan, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGowan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James McGowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) planter 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Susannah McGowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Jessie Newall McGowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Mary Anne McGowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • Susan McGowan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGowan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William McGowan, aged 25, a ploughman, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Sarah McGowan, aged 21, who arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Katherine McGowan, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • Thomas Mcgowan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • W. S. McGowan, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "James Lister" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGowan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGowan (post 1700)



  • Joseph J. McGowan (1945-2016), American academic, President of Bellarmine University (1990-2016)
  • Ned McGowan (b. 1970), American composer and flutist
  • John "Jack" McGowan (1894-1977), American librettist, director and producer
  • John W. "Jack" McGowan (1930-2001), American professional PGA golfer
  • John McGowan (b. 1831), Irish-born, American Union Navy sailor in the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Jonas Hartzell McGowan (1837-1909), American politician, United States Representative for the 3rd Congressional District of Michigan (1877-1881)
  • Charles M. McGowan (1923-2013), American businessman and politician, Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1967-1978)
  • William Aloysius "Bill" McGowan (1896-1954), American Major League Baseball umpire from 1925 to 1954, inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992
  • Archibald C. McGowan (1822-1893), American merchant and politician, Member of New York State Assembly in 1863, 1866 and New York State Senator (1872-1875)
  • Gerald S. McGowan (b. 1946), American diplomat, United States Ambassador to Portugal (1998 to 2001)
  • ... (Another 75 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McGowan Historic Events


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McGowan Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

RMS Lusitania

RMS Titanic


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Suggested Readings for the name McGowan


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Suggested Readings for the name McGowan



  • The Ancestry of Thomas W. McGowan by Thomas W. McGowan.

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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: Tenebras expellit et hostes
Motto Translation: He drives forth the darkness and the foe.


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Citations


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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) PLANTER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Planter.htm

Other References

  1. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  11. ...

The McGowan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGowan 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.

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