Cowan appears to originate from the Gaelic Gobhainn, meaning a smith, and from Gowan, a Scottish word for a wild flower.[1]

Common Variants

The following spelling variants are thought to be alternative spellings of the same underlying surname
  • Cowan
  • Cowen
  • Cowin
  • Cowon (rarely encountered)
  • Cowand
The following spelling variants are similar in pronunciation to "Cowan", but probably represent a fundamentally different surname origen.
  • Cohen
  • Coan
  • Coen

Text References

  1. Arthur, William. Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names, pg 105