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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Morgan, Morgen, Morgain, Morgaine and others.

First found in Caernarvonshire , where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: 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.

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Suggested Readings for the name Morgan
The Morgan Family History by Alice Helper Morgan, An American Family: Morgan by Patricia Gausnell.

Some noteworthy people of the name Morgan
  • 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


Clan Badge

Morgan, sept of the Clan Mackay

Is your family of Scottish descent? If so, you can proudly display the Mackay Clan Badge. This clan badge is used by all septs of that clan.

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Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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