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The four main devices (symbols) in the Morgan blazon are the lion, griffin, eagle and rose. The two main tinctures (colors) are gules and or.

Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”1The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 2Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.3A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.

The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.6Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.

The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 8Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 9Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 10A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 11The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.

In the mediaeval period there was no real percieved difference between real and mythical animals, after all, much of the world remained unknown and who was to say what strange and magical creatures existed in distant lands? As heraldry developed a whole menagerie of imagined creatures 12Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164 came into being, and their various representations became more or less standardised in form and appearance. The griffin is perhaps the most common of these creatures, being a chimera with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle. 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin. It is most often in the pose known as rampant segreant, on its hind legs with claws and wings extended. Vinycomb has much to say on the subject of the griffin, perhaps summarised in his belief that it represents “strength and vigilance”.]14Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150

Where the lion is undisputed king of the animals, the eagle undoubtedly plays the same role in the realm of the birds, its use in this form dating back to at least the Roman period 15A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle. They tend to be illustrated in quite some detail, especially in continental European arms, and have almost as wide variety of postures and accessories as the lion, well illustrated in the reference 16A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238 as well as being just the eagle’s head or eagle’s leg. The symbology of the eagle is deep and complex, Wade devotes several pages to the subject 17The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74, but suffice it say that it has long been associated with Empire and those held in high honour – any armiger would be pleased to have any form of Eagle upon their arms!

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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Morgan Name

Morgan Origin:

Ireland

Origins of Name:

The surname of Morgan has roots in both Gaelic and Celtic languages. The original spelling of this surname comes from the personal name of “Morcant” and was changed to “Morgan” in medieval times. This surname can be translated to mean “chief of the sea” or “defender of the sea.” It comes from the Welsh components of “mor” which can be translated to mean “sea” and “cant” which can be converted to mean “circle.” The definite meaning of this surname is widely debated, but most can agree on “defender of the sea.” The feudal spelling of Morgan comes from the elements “mor” which can be translated to mean “sea” and “gan” which can be deciphered to mean “born of.” Thus, all put together, it is commonly believed that the surname of Morgan literally translates to “born of the defender of the sea.”

Variations:

More common variations are: Morgans, Morgain, Moragan, Morigan, Morgane, Morgana, Morghan, Morgani, Morgano, Morogan, Moorgan

History:

England:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Morgan can be found in the country of England. One person who was named John Morgan was mentioned in the Curia Regis Rolls of Berkshire in the year of 1214. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of King John I of England, who was commonly known as throughout the ages as one “The Lackland.” King John I of England ruled from the year of 1199 to the year 1216. Those who assume the surname of Morgan can be found in the areas of Herefordshire and Lancashire.

Scotland:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Morgan in the country of Scotland was in the year 1419. One person by the name of Jon Morgane was named as a burgess of Glasgow. Those who carry the surname of Morgan in the country of Scotland can be found in large concentrations in the areas of Fife, Aberdeenshire, and Glasgow.

Wales:

The surname of Morgan is one of the most prominent surnames in the country of Wales. The first recorded spelling of the surname of Morgan in Wales was in the year of 1538. One person by the name of Thomas Morgaine was mentioned as a Knight of Monmouth. The importance of the surname of Morgan is also realized in the name of the kingdom of Glamorgan, which is a form of “Ap Morgan” which can be loosely translated to mean “the son of Morgan.” Those who bear the surname of Morgan are found in large concentrations throughout the country of Wales. The areas that have the largest population of those people who have the surname of Morgan are within the counties of Glamorgan, Carmarthenshire, Montgomeryshire, Radnorshire, and Monmouthshire.

Ireland:

The first recorded spelling of the surname of Morgan in the country of Ireland appears in the year of 1654. One person by the name of Edward Morgane was mentioned as living in the city of Dublin, Ireland on April 26th of the year 1654. The areas where those who are known by the surname of Morgan are most prominent are in Leinster and Ulster.

United States of America:

During the European Migration many European citizens moved to America. The first person with the surname of Morgan to arrive was Benedict Morgan, who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the year 1621. Those who are called Morgan are found mostly in Illinois, New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and in Ohio.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Morgan: United States 314,867; England 68,999; Nigeria 51,658; Australia 27,139; Wales 23,287; South Africa 22,738; Canada 19,589; Ghana 14,139; Jamaica 13,671; Mexico 7,486

Notable People:

William Morgan (1930-2016) who was an architect and author from America, and who was the recipient of the AIA Florida Award of Merit in the year of 1964

Dennis Morgan (1952-2015) who was an NFL running back from the year 1974 to the year 1975

Rex Morgan (1948-2016) who was an NBA player on the team named the Boston Celtics from the year 1970 to the year 1972

Jane Ann Morgan (1951-1988) who was an attorney from London, England, who was aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit at the time of the crash, which is now known as the Lockerbie Bombing in 1988, and who did not survive the crash of the vessel

Barbara Radding Morgan (born in 1951) who is a former NASA astronaut who has over 305 hours in space

Harry Morgan (1915-2011) who was born with the name Harry Bratsberg, who is a TV actor who is most notably recognized for his portrayal of Colonel Sherman T. Potter on the popular TV show M*A*S*H

Linda J. Morgan, who was a Democratic politician from America, and who served as a Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission from the year 1994 to the year 1995

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1) (Lord of Tredegar, co. Monmouth; the heiress, Angharad, conveyed Tredegar to her husband, Llewellin ap Ivor, Lord of St. Clere, ancestor of Morgan, of Tredegar). (ap Meredith). Ar. a lion ramp. gu. incensed az.
2) (Baron Tredegar). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, Morgan, or, a gryphon segreant sa.; 2nd and 3rd, Gould, or, on a chev. betw. three roses az. as many thistles slipped of the field. Crest—A reindeer’s head couped or, attired gu. Supporters—Dexter, a lion sa. charged on the shoulder with a thistle slipped or; sinister, a gryphon sa. charged in like manner with a thistle slipped or.
3) (Llantarnam Abbey, co. Monmouth, bart., extinct 1681; descended from William Morgan, Esq., of Llantarnam, High Sheriff of the county in 1567, and M.P. in 1571, son of John Morgan, Esq., of Caerleon, and grandson of Sir Thomas Morgan, Knt., of Pencoed, who was son of Morgan ap Jenkin, of Langston. Sir Edward Morgan, Knt., of Llantarnam, was created a bart. 1642; his grandson. Sir Edward Morgan, third and last bart., left two daus. his co-heirs; Anne, d. unm., Frances, m. Edmund Bray, Esq.). Ar. a griffin segreant sa.
4) (Tredunnock, co. Monmouth; descended from John Morgan, Esq., of Tredunnock, son of Morgan ap Jenkin, of Langston, by his third wife; represented by Hawkins, of Tredunnock). (Penllyne, co. Monmouth). Or, a griffin segreant sa. Crest—A reindeer's head couped or, attired gu.
5) (Lansore, co. Monmouth). Motto—Y Droddefodd y orfy; and, Vincet qui patitur. Ar. three bulls’ heads cabossed sa., quartering, Sa. a cross engr. ar. betw. four spearheads of the last, points embrued, for Prosser, of Lansore. Crest—A reindeer’s head couped or, attired gu.
6) (Pencrug, co. Monmouth; represented by Mackworth, Bart., of Glen Usk). Ar. a wivern's head erased vert, holding in the mouth a hand couped gu. Crest—A demi eagle displ. or, charged on the body with a fess wavy sa.
7) (Llangattock, co. Monmouth, bart., extinct 1767; Sir Thomas Morgan, of Llangattock, a celebrated parliamentary leader, was created a bart. 1661; he and Sir Henry Morgan, Governor of Jamaica (better known as Captain Morgan, the Buccaneer) were sons of Lewis Morgan, Esq., of Llangattock, who descended, from a common ancestor with Morgan, of Tredegar. Sir John Morgan, second bart., left three dans, his co-heirs; Hester m. John Walsham, Esq., of Knill Court, co. Hereford; Delariviere d. unm., and Annareta m. Thomas Clutton, Esq., of Pensax, co. Worcester). Ar. three bulls' heads cabossed sa.
8) (Langston, co. Monmouth; descended from Philip Morgan, second son of Morgan ap Llewellin, Lord of St. Clere and Tredegar, who m. the dau. and heir of Sir John Norris, Knt., of Penline Castle). Ar. a lion ramp. guard. sa. on a dexter canton or, a griffin segreant sa., on a sinister canton ar. three bulls' heads cabossed sa. armed gold.
9) (co. Monmouth). Vert a lion ramp. or.
10) (Rev. Hector Davies Morgan, A.M., of Plas Aberforth, co. Cardigan, maternally descended from the Blackstones, Abbotts, and Ashbys, of Harefield, co. Middlesex). Or, three bucks’ heads couped sa., for Morgan; quartering, Gu. three snakes nowed in triangle ar., for Ednowain ap Bradwen. Crest—A lion ramp. sa.
11) (Draws Vynnydd; derived, through Ithel, of Draws Vynnydd, second son of Iorwerth ap Einion, of Ynys-y-Maengwyn, from Osborne Fitzgerald, Lord of Ynys-y-Maengwyn). Arms, those of Osborne Fitzgerald, viz., Erm. a saltire gu.
12) (Golden Grove, co. Flint; derived from Blethin ap Gwillim, fifth in descent from Ednyfed Vychan. Lord of Brynffenigl (see that name). Motto—Heb Dduw Heb ddim, a Dduw Digon. Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. a chev. erm. betw. three Englishmen's heads couped in profile ppr.; 2nd, ar. a pelican sa. feeding her young; 3rd, ar. a chev. betw. three boars' heads sa. Crests—1st: An Englishman's head, as in the arms; 2nd: A Cornish chough ppr.
13) (Abercothy, co. Carmarthen, and Biddlesden Park, co. Northampton). Sa. a lion ramp. reguard. ar. Crest—A demi lion ramp. reguard. as in the arms.
14) (Langeney, co. Brecon). Ar. a dragon’s head and neek erased vert, holding in the mouth a bloody hand ppr.
15) (Penderin, co. Brecon). Az. three cocks gu. combed and wattled or.
16) (Ashtowne, Wales). Per pale az. and gu. three lions ramp. double queued ar.
17) (co. Devon, and Hambury, co. Worcester). Ar. on a bend cotised sa. a fleur-de-lis betw. two cinquefoils of the first (another, or). Crest—A tiger sejant sa. crined and tufted or, holding in the dexter paw a battle-axe erect ppr.
18) (South Maplerton, co. Dorset). Ar. on a bend cotised sa. a fleur-de-lis betw. two cinquefoils of the first, on a chief az. a cross patonce betw. two arrows or. Crest—A griffin's head erased or, charged with two bends sa.
19) (Mellhouse, co. Durham. Visit. 1615). Gu. a lion ramp. ar. crowned or. Crest—Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi eagle displ. with two heads gu.
20) (co. Essex). Ar. a fesse betw. three martlets gu. on a chief az. three wolves' heads erased of the first.
21) (Little Hallingbury, co. Essex; granted in 1583 to Hugh Morgan, Esq., of London, and confirmed in 1613 to Robert Morgan, Esq., of Little Hallingbury). Or, a fesse wavy sa. in chief two eagles displ. of the last. Crest—A demi eagle displ. or, charged on the body with a fesse wavy sa.
22) (Bardfield, co. Essex, confirmed 1538, by Dethick, Garter, and again 1613, by Camden, Clarenceux). (Barfold, co. Suffolk). Or, a fess wavy sa. in chief two eagles displ. of the last, quartering for Copcott, barry of twelve or and az. Crest—An eagle displ. or, charged on the breast with a fess wavy sa.
23) (Blaekmore, co. Hereford; granted 27 May, 1602). (Arkston, co. Stafford). (St. Bennet Finek, London, author of the “Sphere of Gentry," d. 27 March, 1693). Ar. a lion ramp. sa. ducally crowned or.
24) (Bushy Hall, co. Hertford, and Wales). Or, a griffin segreant sa. on the breast a rose ar.
25) (co. Kent). Ar. on a bend sa. three cinquefoils of the first, on a chief az. a cross crosslet betw. two fleurs-de-lis or.
26) (co. Kent, and Wales). (Sir Richard Morgan, knighted at Dublin by Robert, Earl of Essex, Lord Lieutenant, 5 Aug. 1599). Sa. a chev. betw. three spearheads ar. points embrued ppr.
27) (Kingsthorp, co. Notts, co. Lincoln, and Middle Temple, London). Ar. on a bend engr. sa. three cinquefoils of the first, on a chief az. a cross flory betw. two fleurs- de-lis or.
28) (Burnham Norton, co. Norfolk, and Chalworth, co. Surrey). Ar. a griffin segreant sa. Crest—A reindeer's head or. Another Crest—The head sa. attired or, and charged on the neck with a mullet.
29) (Henfield, co. Sussex; granted to Nelson Smith Morgan, Esq.). Or, a griffon segreant sa. in chief two mullets of six points gu. pierced of the field. Crest—A fer de moulin fesseways sa. thereon a griffin's head erased ppr.
30) (granted to Francis Morgan, Judge of the King’s Bench, by Hervey, Clarenceux, 1558). Ar. on a bend engr. sa. three cinquefoils pierced erm. on a chief az. a cross flory betw. two fleurs-de-lis or. Crest—A dragon's head erased gu. langued az. collared or, betw. two bars gemells wavy ar.
31) (Little Comberton and Hanbury, co. Worcester. Visit. 1569). Ar. on a bend cotised sa. a fleur-de-lis betw. two cinquefoils of the field. Crest—A tiger sejant sa. crined and tufted or, holding in the dexter paw a battle axe erect headed gold.
32) (Dudelston, co. Salop). Ar. a lion ramp. sa.
33) (Eston, co. Somerset; granted 1591). Sa. three crosses bottonnee in bend ar. Crest—A demi griffin segreant erased sa.
34) Ar. a fesse betw. three martlets gu. on a chief az. three griffins’ heads erased of the first. Crest—On a mount an oak tree fructed or, against it a wolf pass, ppr.
35) Ar. on a cross flory gu. five roses of the field.
36) Gu. three towers ar.
37) Ar. a cross patonce betw. four escallops sa.
38) Ar. on a bend betw. two cotises sa. three fleurs-de-lis of the first.
39) Quarterly, gu. and az. a lion (another, three lions) ramp. ar.
40) Quarterly, ar. and sa. a cross flory counterchanged.
41) Ar. on a cross patonce gu. five roses of the first a bordure engr. sa.
42) (Dublin; Fun. Ent. Ulster’s Office, 1619, George Morgan, of that city). Ar. a griffin segreant sa. armed, beaked, and forelegged gu. a border of the second.
43) (confirmed by St. George, Ulster, 1680, to that family, then settled in Ireland). Or, a griffin segreant sa. Crest—A stag’s head cabossed ppr. attired or.
44) (Cottlestown, co. Sligo; descended from Robert Morgan, Esq., who settled in Ireland, temp. Charles I., and who is stated to have been a younger son of Sir Thomas Morgan, Knt., of Langston. Colonel Hugh Morgan, of Cottlestown, d. 1761, leaving an only dau. and heir, Katherine, m. Robert Stearne Tighe, Esq., of Mitchelsstown, co. Westmeath). Same Arms. Crest—A reindeer’s head erased.
45) (Waterford; Samuel Morgan, Esq., Mayor of Waterford, son of William Morgan, Esq., also Mayor of the same, by Sarah Grogan, his wife, dau. of John Grogan, Esq., of Johnstown, co. Wexford, d. s. p., and bequeathed his estates, 1826, to Hamilton Knox Grogan, Esq., of Johnstown, great-grandson of Cornelius Grogan, Esq., of Johnstown, the brother of said Sarah Grogan, upon condition of his taking the additional surname of Morgan). Motto—Fidus et audax. Same Arms. Crest—A reindeer’s head cabossed or.
46) (Deane-Morgan; exemplified to Hon. Robert Fitzmaurice Tilson Deane, of Springfield Castle, co. Limerick, and Elizabeth Geraldine Grogan-Morgan, his wife, dau. of Hamilton Knox Grogan-Morgan, Esq., of Johnstown castle, co. Wexford, on their assuming, by royal licence, 1854, the additional surname and arms of Morgan). In a scroll above the crests the motto, Honor et virtus. Motto—Under the arms: Forti et fideli nihil difficile Quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, a griffin segreant sa. a mullet az. for diff., for Morgan; 2nd and 3rd, ar. two bars gu., for Deane. Crests— 1st, Morgan: A reindcer’s head caboased or, charged with a mullet az. for diff.; 2nd, Deane: Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi sea-otter ppr.
47) (Deane-Morgan, Baron Muskerry). Quarterly, 1st grand quarter, quarterly, 1st and 4th, or, a griffin segreant sa. in the dexter chief point a mullet az., for Morgan, 2nd and 3rd, ar. two bars gu., for Deane; 2nd grand quarter, ar. two burs gu., for Deane; 3rd grand quarter, sa. on a bend betw. two cinquefoils or, three bears’ heads of the first, muzzled, for Brettrige; 4th grand quarter, ar. a saltire gu. and a chief erm. a crescent for diff., for FitzMaurice. Crests— 1st, Morgan: A reindeer's head cabossed or, charged with a mullet az.; 2nd, Deane: Out of a ducal coronet or, a demi sea otter ppr. Mottoes—Above Morgan crest: Honor et virtus; under the arms: Forti ct fideli nihil difficile. Supporters—Two angels habited and winged az. holding in their exterior hands medallions ppr.
48) (Forbes-Morgan, Countess of Granard; exemplified to Jane Colclough, Countess of Granard, wife of George Arthur Hastings, seventh Earl of Granard. K.P., and dau. and co-heiress of Hamilton Knox Grogan-Morgan, Esq., of Johnstown Castle, co. Wexford, on her assuming, by royal licence, 1859, the additional surname and arms of Morgan). Az. three bears’ heads couped ar. muzzled gu., an escutcheon of pretence for Morgan, or, a griffin segreant sa. langued gu.

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1. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36
2. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
3. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77
4. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27
5. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85
6. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53
7. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172
8. Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63
9. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140
10. A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45
11. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60
12. Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P164
13. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Griffin
14. Fictitious & Symbolic Creatures…in British Heraldry, J. Vinycomb, Chapman & Hall, London, 1906, P150
15. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Eagle
16. A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P235-238
17. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P72-74