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Girl Name: Morgan

Name: Morgan
Pronunciation: \m(o)-rgan, mor-gan\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Morgan's also a boy name)
Meaning: circling sea or great brightness; bright or white sea dweller
Origin: Welsh
Sounds Like: Margeen, Marghanita
Variant forms: Morgaine, Morgana, Morgance, Morgane, Morganica, Morgann, Morganne, Morgayne, Morgen, Morgin
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 576
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 57

Description

Morgan \m(o)-rgan, mor-gan\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Morgan), is pronounced MOR-gen. It is of Welsh and Old English origin, and the meaning of Morgan is "circling sea or great brightness; bright or white sea dweller". The given meanings suggest the magical machinations of King Arthur's jealous sister, Morgan le Fay. Usage for girls increased during the 1980s, probably due to actress Morgan Fairchild. Morgaine and Morgayne are medieval Irish forms.

Morgan has 10 variant forms: Morgaine, Morgana, Morgance, Morgane, Morganica, Morgann, Morganne, Morgayne, Morgen and Morgin.

Baby names that sound like Morgan are Margeen and Marghanita.

Popularity

Morgan is a very popular first name for women (#576 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#57 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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