From Ireland to Canada
This publication was a three-year project researching and chronologically documenting the Owens family history. The author continues to receive material and plans to publish a supplement in a year or so. The family tree grew from about 1200 names to over 2500 names. Order your copy today!
Our Owens' saga begins over 200 years ago in the North West part of Ireland near Donegal. We are unsure of exactly where our Owens family originated. Most likely Welsh in origin, and brought to Ireland in the 17th century in the anglicizing of Ireland. Originally, the name was (Eoghan) which in Gaelic meant, (first born). Spelling was not standardized and so MacEoin meant the son of Owens. The name was also spelled Eoin, Eoghan, Oh-Eoghan, or later Hoyne. All of these variations were pronounced the same, that is (Hoyne). In 1848, there were 719 Owens families in Ireland. They only counted heads of households so the actual number of Owens was likely about 5000. Because of the potato famine, this had dropped to 350 families by 1864. In Fermanagh, our area of origin, there were 73 families before the potato famine. Please follow our history through articles, stories and pictures in this website.
It was a leprechaun that told to me not that long ago that the Owens Name Represents the following: O is the earth and the rest of the letters are the directions of the winds that we have planted our seeds , so whenever you see green grass it is of the OWENS variety , however it does glow greener in the heart of our planet Ireland. Where upon all of our seeds began .