Gowan



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Surname Dictionary

Gowan Quite numerous: Belfast area, Cork, Dublin. Ir. Mac Gabhann (son of the smith). A sept of Cavan. There was also Ó Gabhann, from Down; all tend to be anglicised Smith but the form MacGowan, which is nearest the original, is still numerous. IF.
Mac an Ghabhann Mac Gowan & rl. Féach Mac Gabhann, ach sé seo an bun-leagan, is cosúil. Bhí meas mór ag Gaeil ar ghaibhne - déantóirí airm - agus ní foláir gur éirigh an sloinne in a lán áiteanna éagsúla. Sé Smith an sloinne is coitinne i measc na Sasanach.
Mac Gabhann Mac Gowan, Smith: an-líonmhar gach aird, Tír Chonaill-Doire, Sligeach-Maigh Eo go sonrach. Leagain eile: Mac an Ghabhann, Mac an Ghobhann, Mac Gobhann. Clann tábhachtach i mBreifne, mar a bhfuil a sliocht go fóill faoin leagan Smith. Mar sin táid do-scartha ón sloinne Ó Gabhann, q.v. Tá Goan le fáil i dTír Chonaill, leis. IF.
MacGowan Very numerous: all areas, especially Donegal-Derry-Sligo-Mayo. Ir. Mac Gabhann, (Mac an Ghabhann, son of the smith). An important sept of Breifne, now generally anglicised Smith. See also Goan. IF & SGG.
Magowan numerous: Ulster generally. Ir. Mac Gabhann. Variant of Mac Gowan, q.v.
Ó Gabhann Gowan, Smith: D'éirigh an chlann sa sa Dún, mar a bhfuil Baile Uí Ghabhann, ach táid measctha le Mac Gabhann anois.

    Maps

  • Gowan in 1659.
  • Gowan births mapped 1864-1913
  • Gowan 1901 census map
  • Gowan 1911 census map
  • Gowan Roman Catholic baptisms

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