The Mourne name is Celtic in origin, arising from the ancient Britons
. 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 Mourne family
The surname Mourne 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
. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Mourne family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mourne 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 Mourne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mourne Spelling Variations
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 Mourne have included Morgan, Morgen, Morgain, Morgaine and others.
Early Notables of the Mourne 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... Another 116 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Mourne family to Ireland
Some of the Mourne 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.
Migration of the Mourne family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mourne: 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.