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Morgan Family History

Morgan Name Meaning

Welsh (especially Glamorgan): from the medieval Welsh personal name Morgan Morgant (Old Welsh Morcant of uncertain etymology). Irish: importation of the Welsh surname (see 1 above) to which has been assimilated more than one Gaelic surname notably Ó Muireagáin (see Merrigan ). Scottish: probably from a Gaelic personal name cognate with Welsh Morcant. Altered form of Maugans a surname of German origin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Morgen, Moran, Organ, Wogan, Morvan, Morgano, Mogan, Logan, Horgan

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Where is the Morgan family from?

You can see how Morgan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Morgan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Morgan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 14,331 Morgan families living in Glamorgan. This was about 24% of all the recorded Morgan's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Morgan families in 1891.
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What did your Morgan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Morgan. 6% of Morgan men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Morgan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morgan were Coal Hewer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Colliery Hewer
  • Coal Hewer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 232,000 immigration records available for the last name Morgan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 336,000 military records available for the last name Morgan. For the veterans among your Morgan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Morgan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Morgan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Morgan in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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