McOwen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the McOwen family in Ireland was Mac Eogain in Connacht, and Mac Eoin in east Ulster. Both of these names connote a "son of John," or "son of Owen." [1]

Early Origins of the McOwen family

The surname McOwen was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where the first people to use this surname are thought to have originated. Soon thereafter, the name was also found in neighboring Leitrim.

Early History of the McOwen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McOwen research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McOwen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McOwen Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McOwen revealed spelling variations, including Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.

Early Notables of the McOwen family (pre 1700)

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United States McOwen migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the McOwen family came to North America quite early:

McOwen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter McOwen, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1821 [2]

Canada McOwen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McOwen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jonathan McOwen U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [3]
McOwen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McOwen, who landed in Canada in 1817
  • John McOwen, who arrived in Canada in 1817
  • William McOwen, aged 25, a shoemaker, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Miss. Mary McOwen, aged 2 years & 2 months who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Argo" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle on 4th June 1847 [4]

Australia McOwen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McOwen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Owen McOwen, Irish convict who was convicted in Meath, Ireland for 7 years for abduction, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mathew McOwen, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"

New Zealand McOwen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McOwen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert McOwen, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name McOwen (post 1700) +

  • John J. McOwen, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1970


  1. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 46)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas


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