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Type Surname (from given name)
Other Forms FormsMacOwen, MacCown, MacCone, MacKeown, Cowen, Kewon

Meaning & History

This surname, widespread in Scotland and Ulster, is an Anglicized form of the old Gaelic Mac Eoghain or MacEoin. The Gaelic prefix "mac" means "son of", plus the personal name Eoghan from the old Celtic "Oue(i)n", well-born, but believed to derive ultimately from the Greek "Eugenious", "born lucky" or "well-born".

In Ireland, Eugene replaced Eoin, the old Irish form of John, and the various patronymic forms of the name include MacOwen, MacCown, MacCone, MacKeown.

The forms Cowan, Cowen and Kewon resulted from the subsequent loss of the "Mac" prefix.
Added 6/26/2017 by TanorFaux
Edited 4/27/2024 by Mike C and Felie