Mergen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Mergen 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."

Early Origins of the Mergen family

The surname Mergen was 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. The surname is derived from the " Welsh personal name of high antiquity. The founder of the Pelagain heresy, in the fourth century, was a true Welshman and a monk of Bangor. His name was Morgan, which signifies 'Of the Sea' and this was correctly Latinized Pelagius. The Morgans of Golden Grove, co. Flint, descend from Marchudd ap Cynan, founder of the eighth noble tribe of North Wales and Powys. " [1]

Important Dates for the Mergen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mergen research. Another 160 words (11 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 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Mergen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mergen Spelling Variations

Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Mergen name over the years has been spelled Morgan, Morgen, Morgain, Morgaine and others.

Early Notables of the Mergen family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Admiral Sir Henry Morgan (ca. 1635-1688), Welsh pirate who raided Spanish ships and settlements in the Caribbean, and became acting Governor of Jamaica (1680-1682); William Morgan (1560-1653), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons of England in 1624 and 1625, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Thomas Morgan (c.1589-1664), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654; Major-General Sir Thomas Morgan, 1st Baronet...
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Migration of the Mergen family to Ireland

Some of the Mergen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mergen family

The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Mergen: Robert Morgaine, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Edmund Morgan settled in Virginia in 1623; Evan Morgan settled in Barbados in 1680; George Morgan settled in Virginia in 1663.

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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