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McGowan (MacGowan) is an Irish and Scottish surname. It stems from "Mac Gobhann" in Scotland and "Mac" or "O'Gabhann" from Ireland both meaning "iron worker".

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I never realized that my last name of Smith is a derivative of MacGowan. ive heard the name since i was young and the rumor that my grandfather was born a MacGowan in Ireland before coming to America and changing his last name to Smith to escape his past.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The McGown name has a long history in Ireland, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the north-west region of the Emerald Island. The McGown story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup D2] can trace their beginnings to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The McGown surname origin is from the Cenél Conaill [R1b-L513, Subgroup D] who found the Dál Fiatach.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) A group will also found the Kingdom of Ercing in Wales as trade with Romans will become essential around 300 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The McGown story begins in pre-history Ireland but this line and many of his kin will move to Wales, then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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