Last name: Morgan

This is a truly famous surname whose Gaelic-Celtic ancestry pre-dates Christianity. Originally, the name was purely personal and spelt as "Morcant", the change to Morgan being medieval. The exact meaning is uncertain but "sea chief" or "sea defender" are the generally accepted interpretations. The importance of the name is shown by its incorporation in the ancient Welsh kingdom of Glamorgan, a corrupt form of "Ap Morgan", the son of Morgan. The first true recording as a surname is however English (see below). In Wales the first recording may be Thomas Morgaine, Knight of Monmouth, in 1538, whilst in Scotland, one John Morgane was a burgess of Glasgow in 1419. In Ireland the name is popular in Leinster and Ulster, and in some cases is an Anglicization of Merrigan and Morahan, the first recording being that of Edward Morgane, of Dublin, on April 26th 1654. Not only does the name indicate a sea warrior, it is with the sea that the Morgan name has won most renown. Amongst these famous people was Sir Henry Morgan, Governor of Jamaica and the epitome of the privateering buccaneer of the 17th Century. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Morgan, which was dated 1214, in the "Curia Regis Rolls of Berkshire", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Morgan Decker
I am descended from the Morgans, the last of whom died shortly before my birth. I have always heard from Wales, but cannot get a clear trace. My family goes back at least four generations in Maine, USA, and some parts of the family from Canada. Anyone know anything about this?

My Link to the Morgans Family is through My Grandfather Aeulfryn Arthur Morgans It is said that some of his Family went To Pensylvania Any Information would be appreaciated. My Family are from the Aberdare Area near Merthyr Tydfil Glamorgan South Wales

My mothers surname was Morgan before she married my dad whos' surname is Watt. I am looking very urgently for her sister Ethel and her brother Alan. Their fathers name was Ernest Morgan and their mothers name was Nora (but she passed away when they were very young). Can anyone assist as it is very important and extremely urgent that I find them. All were based in South Africa, born in Johannesburg I think. Please???

kemar morgan
i'm a morgan from jamaica now i'm wondering if i'm related to Henry Morgan

Fonda Morgan Pringle
I am Morgan by birth and have been trying to find out which relations could be mine....I have no real starting point other than my parents and grandparents name. Have tried ancestory sites but I end up with several possibilties...any suggestions on how to find the right family line

I think this is confusing

Jennifer Jenkins Morgan
I am a Morgan through my father and from Wales

Just to add....
My paternal grandfather was Dai Morgan from West Glamorgan, South Wales.
His family were sent to Patagonia (argentina ) in the late 1800's. My grandfather was a baby and left behind in Wales because his parents did not think he would survive the ship to Argentina. He was adopted by his aunt who was married to a Jenkins so we became Jenkins. My father is David Jenkins. we were all born in Wales. I came to Canada in 1980.

Harry Morgan

Wow there are alot more Morgan's in the world than i thought and i was born in Cardiff and now in austrlia :D

Sabrina Morgan

I am a Morgan by birth and this is really confusing lol but in the end it doesn't really matter where you came from as long as you know who you are

Eric Morgan

My line of Morgans arrived in Virginia from Wales in the mid 1600s William Morgan 1630 - 1720

Josh Morgan

I have been looking to trace my family history back as far as possible but I can't find anyone past my grandpa Ronald Morgan. We are from Michigan in the Detroit area. Any help would be greatly appreciated

thomas morgan

i am from the morgan family from ireland

Todd Gartner

when my mom was 18 about 45 years ago she got knocked up by a young man named Robert Irving Morgan from parksville BC. I am this kid if you know him get ahold of me at Thanks

Auburn morgan
My name is auburn Morgan, my father is Joseph Dennis Morgan and his father was Larry Dennis Morgan , They are from cedar town Georgia I am trying to find more family members

Lartharie morgan
Well you know my name. My father was Oscar Lewis Morgan he was from Birmingham Alabama I believe I know none of his family. He lived in New York New York last known in the 70's he married my mother Christine. I am looking for any possible family members. Please help