When John Borden Cowan was born in 1823, in Tennessee, United States, his father, Samuel Cowan, was 46 and his mother, Sarah Margaret Keith, was 45. He married Mrs. John Borden Cowan in 1848, in Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Johnson, Arkansas, United States in 1860. He died about 1898, in Newton, Arkansas, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Case Cemetery, Fallsville, Newton, Arkansas, United States.
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.