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Origin and popularity of the name GOW


Gow : 1: Scottish: occupational name from Gaelic gobha ‘smith’ or a shortened form of McGow from Mac Gobhann and Mac a' Ghobhainn ‘son of the smith’.2: Irish: from Mac an Ghobha a variant of Mac an Ghabhann ‘son of the smith’ see Gowan and McGowan. Smith is used as a synonym for Gow in counties Cavan and Meath.3: Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 伍 (see Wu 2) and 高 (see Gao 1).


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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