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Origins of the McGovan surname

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About the McGovans

We have a total number of 939 records for people with the last name McGovan.

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Where do most McGovans live?

In 1921, most McGovans lived in Yorkshire.

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Interesting facts about McGovans

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 580 records for the McGovan surname. The oldest one dates back to 1881.

Who were McGovans most likely to marry?

Mc Govans



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What are the most common McGovan first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for McGovans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for McGovans in 1921


Cotton Weaver






Book Folder


Common Male occupations for McGovans in 1921
General Labourer


Coal Miner


Farm Labourer






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