Govan Name Meaning

habitational name from Govan near Glasgow, first recorded c.1134 as Guven, possibly meaning ‘place of the smith’, although more recently a Cumbric word gir ‘hill’ has been suggested. from a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac a’Ghobhainn ‘son of the smith’, from gobha ‘smith’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Gogan, Gowan, Logan, Moran, Toran, Honan, Ronan, Cavan, Given, Dolan

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Govan Family Origin

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Govan Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    80%
  • Teacher

    20%

In 1881, the most common Govan occupation in Canada was Farmer. 80% of Govan's were Farmers. Farmer and Teacher were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Govan.

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United States

Between 1953 and 2004, Govan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Govan in 1953 was 31, and 71 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Govan

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