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Where did the Welsh Morgan family come from? What is the Welsh Morgan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Morgan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Morgan family history?

The Morgan name is Celtic in origin, arising from the ancient Britons of Wales. It comes from the Old Welsh personal name Morcant, composed of the Welsh elements "mor," meaning "sea," and cant meaning "circle."


There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Morgan have included Morgan, Morgen, Morgain, Morgaine and others.

First found in Caernarvonshire (Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morgan research. Another 317 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1600, 1635, 1688, 1680, 1682, 1560, 1653, 1624, 1625, 1589, 1664, 1654, 1604, 1679, 1608, 1673, 1690, 1664, 1700, 1689, 1690, 1698, 1700, 1690, 1705, 1641, 1715, 1697 and are included under the topic Early Morgan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 313 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morgan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Morgan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Morgan were found:

Morgan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Benedict Morgan, who landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Bennet Morgan, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621
  • Edmund Morgan settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Geo Morgan, aged 12, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • Henry Morgan, who arrived in Maryland in 1635-1640

Morgan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Morgan, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • David Morgan, who arrived in America in 1700
  • Enoch Morgan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1701
  • Adam Morgan, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1747
  • George Morgan, who landed in America in 1760-1763

Morgan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Jas Morgan, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Aron Morgan, who landed in America in 1809
  • Alexander Morgan, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Charles Morgan, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • Felix Morgan, aged 46, landed in New York in 1812


  • Junius Spencer Morgan (1813-1890), American financier and philanthropist, who founded JS Morgan & Company
  • Edmund Sears Morgan (b. 1916), eminent authority on early American history awarded a special citation in 2006 by the Pulitzer Prize jury
  • Julia Morgan (1872-1957), American architect who designed over 700 buildings in California and Hawaii, best known for Hearst Castle
  • Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866-1945), American geneticist and embryologist awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933
  • John Pierpont Morgan (1837-1913), American financier, banker and art collector who dominated corporate finance and industrial consolidation
  • Lewis Henry Morgan (1818-1881), American pioneering anthropologist and social theorist, and one of the greatest American social scientists of the nineteenth century
  • Second Lieutenant John C Morgan (1914-1991), American Army Air Forces pilot awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943
  • Frank Morgan (1890-1949), American actor best known for his portrayal of the title character in the film The Wizard of Oz
  • Harry Morgan (1915-2011), born Harry Bratsberg, American television actor perhaps best-known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H
  • William Wilson Morgan (1906-1994), American astronomer. Asteroid 3180 Morgan is named after him



  • The Morgan Family History by Alice Helper Morgan.
  • An American Family: Morgan by Patricia Gausnell.

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The Morgan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morgan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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