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Origin and Meaning of Magellan

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  1. Portuguese navigator in the service of Spain; he commanded an expedition that was the first to circumnavigate the world (1480-1521)

Anglicisation of Portuguese Magalhães, famously borne by Fernão de Magalhães, a Portuguese explorer and first person to lead an expedition across the Pacific. The first element of Magalhães is most likely from the Celtiberian word magal.

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Magellan

Jean was born in 1723. He passed away in 1790.


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Popularity of Magellan as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Magellan

  • When was the first name Magellan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Magellan is Thursday, October 10th, 1878.
  • How unique is the name Magellan? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Magellan. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Magellan: Your name in reverse order is Nallegam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Magenlla. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Magellan born Nov 8, 1987

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Portugal approximately on 900. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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