The Irish surname McGowan, also found in Scotland is the anglicized form of the Gaelic terms Mac Gobhann (Scottish) and Mac Gabhann (Irish) meaning “son of the smith.” The first recorded reference to the name is in 1428 when Walter O'Gawane was recorded in Clonmel, county Tipperary. Ireland. Earliest references to the name in Scotland date to the 17th Century and include John McGowen who married Marian Wilson in Edinburgh on July 21st 1636, whilst John MaGowan who married Mary Smith on July 2nd 1704 at St. James church, Clerkenwell. A notable bearer of the name is the accomplished Singer, Poet and performer Shane MacGowan, born in London to Irish parents in 1957.
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