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Origins of the Morgan surname

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What does the name Morgan mean?

The Morgan surname originated in Wales, and is most common found there even today. Morgan is a patronymic name from the Welsh name 'Morcant', and refers to someone who is the son or descendant of Morgan/Morcant. In Cornwall Morgan can sometimes relate to those who live or were born by the sea, from the old Celtic 'Mor gan', meaning 'by the sea'.

Alternative variations of the name Morgan

Morgan, Morgen, Morgain, Margan, Morgaine

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Where do most Morgans live?

In 1921, most Morgans lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Morgans

How common is your surname?

45th most common surname in the UK

We have 627,000 records for the Morgan surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Morgans most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Morgan first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Morgans

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Morgans in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant




Common Male occupations for Morgans in 1921
Coal Miner


Coal Miner Hewer




General Labourer




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