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Gowan may refer to:


  • Charles Gowan (1850–1938)
  • David Gowan (1840–1926), born in 1840 in Bervie, Kincardineshire, Scotland to Alexander and Jane (Moir) Gowan(s)
  • Franklin B. Gowen (1836–1889), attorney, president of Reading Railroad
  • Geoffrey Gowan (1929–2013), CM, PhD (November 2, 1929 – May 16, 2013) was Canadian sports broadcaster for the CBC and a sport executive at Coaching Association of Canada. He died at the age of 83 after battling with Parkinson's disease since 1996
  • Hunter Gowan, Irish Protestant politician and militiaman
  • James Robert Gowan (1815–1909), Canadian lawyer, judge, and senator
  • James Gowan (1923–2015), Scottish-born architect known for his post-modernist designs of the "engineering style" which influenced a generation of British architects
  • John Curtis Gowan (1912–1986), psychologist who studied, along with E. Paul Torrance, the development of creative capabilities in children and gifted populations
  • Lawrence Gowan (born 1956), Canadian musician who has used the stage name Gowan
  • Lee Gowan (born 1961), Canadian novelist
  • Ogle Robert Gowan (1803–1876), Canadian-Irish politician, son of Hunter Gowan
  • Peter Gowan (1946–2009), British academic
  • William Henry Gowan (1884–1957), United States Navy sailor and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor



  • R. v. Gowan, a March 1998 case tried by the Ontario Court of Justice which ruled that, while being topless as form of protest and free speech is legal, being topless while one engages in a commercial purpose such as prostitution is illegal
  • Scottish name for any of various yellow or white field flowers, esp. the English daisy

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