Morgan

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252k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Morgan

"Morgan" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Great circle". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mor"gan
One of a celebrated breed of small compact American saddle and trotting horses; -- so called from the name of the stud (Justin Morgan) from which the breed originated in Vermont.
noun Morgan
John Pierpont Morgan, a noted American financier and philanthropist; 1837-1913.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An American breed of small compact saddle horses
  2. United States financier and philanthropist (1837-1913)
  3. Soldier in the American Revolution who defeated the British in the battle of Cowpens, South Carolina (1736-1802)
  4. A Welsh buccaneer who raided Spanish colonies in the West Indies for the English (1635-1688)
  5. United States biologist who formulated the chromosome theory of heredity (1866-1945)
  6. United States anthropologist who studied the Seneca (1818-1881)
Wiktionary

Welsh Morcant, possibly from mawr ("great") + cant ("circle, completion"). The horse breed was named after Justin Morgan, the stud from which the breed originated.

  1. A male or female given name
  2. A patronymic Welsh surname​.
  3. Any of many place names.
  4. A horse of a compact breed originating in Vermont.

Morgan was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Morgan

Morgan Freeman is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1964 to present. Morgan was born on June 1st, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

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Morgan is an enchantress and magician (fantasy).

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Morgan Fairchild is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 1967. Morgan was given the name Patsy Ann McClenny on February 3rd, 1950 in Denton, Texas, U.S.

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Morgan Schneiderlin is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., RC Strasbourg Alsace, Southampton F.C., France national under-16 football team, France national under-17 football team, and France national under-18 football team. Morgan was born on November 8th, 1989 in Zellwiller, France.

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Morgan Spurlock is a filmmaker, television producer, and screenwriter. He was most active from 1994 to present. Morgan was given the name Morgan Valentine Spurlock on November 7th, 1970 in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

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Morgan Saylor is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Morgan was born in 1994 in Chicago.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Morgan

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1991. Jeffrey was born on April 22nd, 1966 in Seattle, Washington, U.S.

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J. P. Morgan was a financier, banker, art collector, and bank. J. was given the name John Pierpont Morgan by his parent Junius Spencer Morgan on April 17th, 1837 in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S. He died on March 31st, 1913.

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Piers Morgan is a television presenter, writer, journalist, list of talk show hosts, columnist, and talk show host. He has been prominent since 1985. Piers was given the name Piers Stefan O'Meara on March 30th, 1965 in Newick, Sussex, England.

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Harry Morgan was an actor, director, writer, and television director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1935 to 1999. Harry was given the name Harry Bratsberg on April 10th, 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. He died on December 7th, 2011.

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Colin Morgan is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2007. Colin was born on January 1st, 1986 in Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK.

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Alex Morgan is a soccer player for the Orlando Pride, California Golden Bears, West Coast FC, California Storm, Pali Blues, Western New York Flash, Seattle Sounders Women, Portland Thorns FC, United States women's national under-20 soccer team, and United States women's national soccer team. Alex was born on July 2nd, 1989 in San Dimas, California, United States.

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How popular is the baby name Morgan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 33 0 33
1881 23 0 23
1882 24 0 24
1883 19 0 19
1884 33 0 33
1885 26 0 26
1886 32 0 32
1887 17 0 17
1888 21 0 21
1889 24 0 24
1890 23 0 23
1891 19 0 19
1892 21 0 21
1893 22 0 22
1894 32 0 32
1895 26 0 26
1896 25 0 25
1897 29 0 29
1898 28 0 28
1899 30 0 30
1900 31 0 31
1901 16 0 16
1902 23 0 23
1903 26 0 26
1904 18 0 18
1905 30 0 30
1906 25 0 25
1907 21 0 21
1908 33 0 33
1909 34 0 34
1910 45 0 45
1911 54 0 54
1912 78 0 78
1913 106 0 106
1914 125 0 125
1915 136 0 136
1916 155 0 155
1917 179 0 179
1918 173 5 168
1919 138 0 138
1920 160 0 160
1921 184 0 184
1922 144 0 144
1923 154 0 154
1924 155 0 155
1925 160 0 160
1926 156 0 156
1927 146 0 146
1928 131 0 131
1929 138 0 138
1930 108 0 108
1931 135 0 135
1932 140 0 140
1933 122 0 122
1934 123 0 123
1935 131 0 131
1936 118 0 118
1937 107 5 102
1938 116 0 116
1939 104 0 104
1940 130 0 130
1941 100 0 100
1942 114 0 114
1943 123 0 123
1944 134 6 128
1945 112 0 112
1946 158 11 147
1947 175 0 175
1948 125 0 125
1949 125 5 120
1950 126 5 121
1951 165 12 153
1952 175 6 169
1953 157 7 150
1954 189 11 178
1955 215 16 199
1956 210 12 198
1957 194 10 184
1958 215 23 192
1959 238 15 223
1960 278 26 252
1961 237 33 204
1962 268 14 254
1963 241 22 219
1964 268 44 224
1965 250 44 206
1966 258 34 224
1967 314 43 271
1968 299 36 263
1969 396 63 333
1970 415 75 340
1971 394 83 311
1972 362 59 303
1973 347 91 256
1974 373 96 277
1975 397 115 282
1976 447 143 304
1977 581 211 370
1978 650 261 389
1979 945 443 502
1980 1,769 1,061 708
1981 2,535 1,769 766
1982 2,346 1,716 630
1983 2,281 1,659 622
1984 2,876 2,175 701
1985 2,965 2,281 684
1986 3,151 2,477 674
1987 3,692 2,924 768 #95 girl name
1988 4,624 3,795 829 #78 girl name
1989 5,253 4,427 826 #69 girl name
1990 6,983 6,047 936 #58 girl name
1991 7,699 6,792 907 #49 girl name
1992 8,776 7,788 988 #41 girl name
1993 9,432 8,570 862 #34 girl name
1994 11,678 10,655 1,023 #25 girl name
1995 12,132 10,875 1,257 #23 girl name
1996 11,508 10,292 1,216 #25 girl name
1997 11,403 10,341 1,062 #22 girl name
1998 11,168 10,217 951 #23 girl name
1999 10,503 9,606 897 #24 girl name
2000 10,341 9,502 839 #25 girl name
2001 9,517 8,735 782 #29 girl name
2002 9,140 8,432 708 #29 girl name
2003 8,674 7,926 748 #29 girl name
2004 8,303 7,294 1,009 #31 girl name
2005 7,647 6,747 900 #33 girl name
2006 7,312 6,491 821 #35 girl name
2007 6,391 5,662 729 #43 girl name
2008 6,047 5,334 713 #46 girl name
2009 5,201 4,610 591 #56 girl name
2010 4,569 4,072 497 #63 girl name
2011 4,143 3,668 475 #75 girl name
2012 3,839 3,398 441 #82 girl name
2013 3,476 3,112 364 #100 girl name
2014 3,404 3,000 404
2015 3,058 2,680 378
2016 2,726 2,319 407

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Popularity of Morgan as a first name

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Popularity of Morgan as a last name

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Common last names for Morgan

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Johnson
  • Thomas
  • Lewis
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Hall
  • Obrien
  • Adams

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Morgan U.S.
  White 76.07% 64.26%
  African American 17.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.24% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.10% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name Morgan

People with the last name Morgan are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Morgan

  • How Popular is the name Morgan? Morgan is the 295th most popular name of all time. As a last name Morgan was the 69th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Morgan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 252,147 babies born with the first name Morgan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Morgan to occupy the country of Vanuatu with an estimated population of 252,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Morgan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 33 new born babies.
  • When was Morgan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Morgan is Saturday, May 16th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Morgan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Morgan was in 1995 with a total of 10,875 babies. That's a lot of babies named Morgan!
  • Random Morgan Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Morgan ranks 11th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Nebraska. Imagine that, 115 babies in Nebraska have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Morgan: Your name in reverse order is Nagrom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rgoman. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Morgan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 286,280 people with the last name Morgan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Morgan? Morgan was ranked as the 69th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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