When William Cowan was born about 1784, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, his father, James Cowan, was 34 and his mother, Mary Gibson, was 33. He married Elizabeth Morison on 23 August 1808, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He died in 1861, in Stirlingshire, Scotland, United Kingdom, at the age of 78.
Scottish and Manx: shortened form of McOwen and McKeown . See also McEwen .
Sottish and Manx: from a shortened form of Irish Ó Comhdhain and Mac Comhdhain ‘descendant or son of Comhdan’ or Gaelic Mac Comhghain ‘son of Comhghan (‘the twin’). Pronounced to rhyme with Owen, the name sometimes appears as Coan and Cohen in Down, and has been used interchangeably with Irish Coyne in Connacht and McIlhone in Tyrone. In the Isle of Man the name is pronounced /'kauən/ (with Cow- as in English cow).
Scottish and Manx: sometimes a variant of Colquhoun , pronounced Cohoon in Scotland and Cahoon in Ulster.