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Morgan Name Meaning

Welsh: from the Old Welsh personal name Morcant, which is of uncertain but ancient etymology. Irish: importation of the Welsh surname, to which has been assimilated more than one Gaelic surname, notably Ó Muireagáin (see Merrigan). Scottish: of uncertain origin; probably from a Gaelic personal name cognate with Welsh Morcant.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 497 Morgan families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Morgan's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Morgan families in 1840.
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What did your Morgan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Morgan. 16% of Morgan men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Morgan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Morgan were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Maid
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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 the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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