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 a son of Owen.
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
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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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Migration of the McOwen family to the New World and Oceana
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 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)
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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
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 emigrated 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
McOwen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mathew McOwen, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
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