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The Morgans 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."

Morgans Early Origins



The surname Morgans 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Morgans Spelling Variations


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Morgans Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Morgans have included Morgan, Morgen, Morgain, Morgaine and others.

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Morgans Early History


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Morgans Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Morgans 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 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Morgans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morgans Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Morgans Early Notables (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...

Another 116 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Morgans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Morgans In Ireland


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Morgans In Ireland



Some of the Morgans 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Morgans:

Morgans Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Fran Morgans, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Morgans Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Morgans, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1700

Morgans Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Morgans, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864
  • William Morgans, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864
  • Morgan Morgans, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

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Contemporary Notables of the name Morgans (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Morgans (post 1700)



  • Morgan Morgans, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1872
  • Morgan Morgans, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 12th District, 1863-64
  • John Morgans, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1920
  • Alfred E. Morgans, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Freemantle-Perth, 1926-29

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  11. ...

The Morgans Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Morgans 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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