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GOW Family History

Recorded as Gow, Gowe, and the diminutives Gowan, Gowin and apparently Gowlett, the patronymics Gowans and Gowanson, this is a surname of Scottish or Gaelic origins. It is occupational for a smith, and therefore logic would suggest that this surname should be the most popular in Scotland. It is however far from that. The origination is the Gaelic word 'gobha' meaning an iron worker or smith, and is usually found as MacGowan or McGowan. Oddly the surname Smith is very popular both in Scotland and England, in the latter country having twice the popularity of any other name.

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