Owens Family History
The family history of the ancient name Owens was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Owens is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Owen', from the Welsh 'Ap Owen'. Variants include Bowen and Owen. Owens is usually of Welsh Descent spreading to England, Ireland and Scotland in early times, and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above countries. Examples of such are a Richard Owen, County Cambridgeshire, and a Nicholas Oweyn, County Oxfordshire, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Daniell, son of John Abowen, was baptised in Saint Peters, Cornhill, in the year 1568. In Ireland the name Owens equates with McKeown, which is derived from the native Gaelic MacEoghain and MacEoin Septs that were located in Connaught and Ulster Provinces respectively. MacOwen, Owenson, Hines and Hynes are other occasional variants of these Gaelic names that are still quite widespread in modern times.The Owens family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Owens descendants.