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McGowan Surname Origin(Origin Gaelic) From Gow, a smith; the son of a smith, Smithson. See Smith
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
McGowan Surname Meaning and Family Facts
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A McGowan Family History Thought:
'People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.' --Edmund Burke