Morgan

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Morgan Surname Genealogy  
Morgan’s origin is as an anglicized form of the old Welsh name Morcant. Some believe that the name may also have had Celtic origins, from the Celtic goddess of beauty, Morrigan.
The Welsh county of Glamorgan took its name
from Morgan Mwynfawr, the 8th century King of Gwent, and the Morgan
princes of
south Wales. Glamorgan accounted for 30
percent of all Morgans in Britain in the 19th century..
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Wales.
The surname traces
its origin from a powerful Welsh family, descended from Cadifor Fawr,
established around 1330 by Morgan ap Llewelyn who adopted Morgan as a
surname.

The Morgans of
Tredegar
on the outskirts of
Newport date from this time. This family
was Lancastrian during the Wars of the Roses and Royalist during the
English
Civil War. William Morgan returned to
favor after the restoration and rebuilt Tredegar House to a grand scale. The family owned more than 40,000 acres in
Glamorgan, Monmouthshire, and Breconshire by the end of the 18th
century.

There were subsidiary branches of the Tredegar family
at Llantarnam, Llanrhymney and various other places in Glamorgan and
Monmouthshire:

  • Thomas
    Morgan of Llantarnam was involved in
    Catholic plot
    to put Mary Queen of Scots on the English throne and had to flee the
    country.
  • from
    a cadet branch of
    Llanrhymney
    came Sir Edward Morgan, Lieutenant Governor of Jamaica in 1661, and his
    nephew Sir
    Henry
    Morgan
    , the famous Caribbean pirate who was buried in
    Jamaica.

The
Morgans of Tredegar became prominent again for their role in the
industrialization of south Wales during the 19th century.
Tredegar itself,
thanks to coal and iron ore development, became a boom town at that
time. The Morgan line continued into the
20th
century with Evan Morgan, a true eccentric who kept a menagerie of
animals at
Tredegar House. The line finally died
out in 1951.

England. The Morgan name in England was mainly to be found in
the English border counties. Philip Morgan, for instance, was the
Welsh
bishop of Worcester in 1419. Richard
Morgan, also of Welsh ancestry, represented Gloucester in the 1550’s
and was
briefly Chief Justice of the Common Pleas.
In more recent times, HFS (Harry) Morgan, the founder of the Morgan
sports car
,
came from a church family in Herefordshire.

Scotland. Morgan (derived
from the Gaelic word mor meaning “sea”)
was an Aberdeen clan of the 14th century that some believe became the
Strathnaver Mackay clan. The Morgan name
did subsequently spread along the east coast of Scotland.

Ireland. The Irish Morgan name may
have derived from
the Gaelic O’Muireagain. There were also Welsh
Morgans who
had settled in Ireland, notably the Morgans of Llantarnam in Kildare
and
Limerick. Morgans in Ireland today are mainly to be found in
Dublin,
Cork, Clare, and north Roscommon.

America. One early Morgan line in
America started with
John Dorian
Morgan from Llanrhymney
who came to Essex county, Virginia
in 1680.
His descendants later moved to North
Carolina.

Thomas Morgan and his family settled
in 1718 into what was to become Morgantown in Berks county,
Pennsylvania. James Morgan was ironmaster
at the Durham
furnace in Bucks county and his son Daniel became one of Washington’s
generals
in the Revolutionary War. George Morgan,
from another Welsh family in Pennsylvania, was an Indian agent for the
Continental Congress at this time.

Miles
Morgan, born in Carmarthen, had emigrated from Bristol to Boston in
1636. The Morgan family settled in Holyoke,
Massachusetts and became wealthy and successful – first through Joseph
Morgan,
then through his son J.S. Morgan, and finally and most emphatically
through his
son, the American financier J.P. Morgan. A
later resident of Holyoke, William Morgan, invented the game of
volleyball in 1895.

Canada. George
Morgan, an English soldier, arrived in Nova Scotia in 1745. His descendants later settled to farm in
Annapolis county.

Morgans, mainly from Scotland, were to be found in
Newfoundland from the late 1700’s. Henry
Morgan from Fife came out to Quebec in 1844 and, a year later, opened
the first
Morgan department store in Montreal. Store ownership remained with the
Morgan
family until 1960.

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Morgan Miscellany

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Morgan Names

Morgan ap Llewelyn in the 14th century was the first to adopt
Morgan as a surname.
William Morgan, bishop of
Llandaff, made the first translation
of the Bible into Welsh in 1588.
Sir Henry Morgan was a
notorious
Welsh pirate on the Spanish Main in the 17th
century.
Justin Morgan pioneered the
Morgan horse breed in the
United States in 1789.
Henry
Morgan
founded the first department store
in Canada, Henry Morgan, in the 1860’s.
John
Pierpoint Morgan
the American financier whose House of
Morgan dominated corporate finance at the
turn of the 20th century.
HFS
(Harry) Morgan

founded the Morgan sports
car company in 1911 and was its Chairman until 1959.

Cliff Morgan was a Welsh rugby
footballer of the 1950’s and later a TV rugby broadcaster.

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  • 150,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Glamorgan)
  • 106,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
  • 51,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)


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