Owens A Welsh surname meaning son of Owen, in Gaelic Eoghan, and Eugene in English. Sometimes an anglicisation of MacEóin (MacEoin, MacKeon), or ó hEoghain. In 1890 Owens was found in 23 counties, but principally in Dublin, Roscommon and Cork, and the estimated number of bearers was 3,990. In the United States it is the 111th most numerous surname with an estimated 214,500 bearers. In England and Wales in 1996 it was the 406th most numerous surname.