McGowen family crestThe Scottish surname McGowen, also found in Ireland, 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 MaGowen who married Mary Smith on July 2nd 1704 at St. James church, Clerkenwell.

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