Gowan Name Meaning

Irish (Cavan): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Gobhann ‘descendant of the smith’. Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McGowan or from the genitive (gobhainn) of gobhan ‘smith’. In Ireland (in the south, especially), these names were also translated as Smith.

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


Similar surnames: Govan, Rowan, Gogan, Logan, Gowans, Gowen, Toran, Cowan, Coan, Ronan

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Gowan Family Origin

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Gowan Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    42%
  • Son

    5%
  • Carpenter

    3%
  • Clerk

    3%

In 1881, the most common Gowan occupation in Canada was Farmer. 42% of Gowan's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Gowan family was Clerk. Farmer, Son and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gowan.

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Gowan Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1946 and 2004, Gowan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gowan in 1946 was 41, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gowan

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