Morgan Name Meaning

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What Does Morgan Mean?

The name Morgan means "sea-born," "sea-song," or "sea-circle." It is traditionally a boy's name of Welsh origin, and more specifically, a variant of the Old Welsh name Morcant which is a combination of the Welsh elements mor, meaning "sea" and cant, meaning "circle."

Morgan is also frequently used as a girl's name and is from the Old Welsh name, Morgen, meaning “sea-born,” and the Irish name Muirgen, meaning "born of the sea." Morgan is currently more popular for girls than it is for boys in the U.S. But, with it's Welsh roots and Celtic charm, the name Morgan is a versatile and not overly-used name well-suited to any gender.

  • Origin: The name Morgan is of Welsh/Irish roots meaning, "sea-born," "sea-song," or "sea-circle."
  • Gender: Morgan is a commonly used gender-neutral name.
  • Pronunciation: MOR-gyn

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular is the Name Morgan?

Morgan, as a boy's name, first arrived on the top 1000 name chart for boys in 1900 at the No. 410 position. Since then, the name has fluctuated in popularity. Though it has remained in the top 1000, it has never reached the top 100; the highest it has climbed is to spot 244 in 1995. Since then, Morgan has been on a slow decline in popularity. In 2020, it was at 691st place.

As a girl's name, Morgan landed on the charts much later in 1976 when it ranked 913th. The following decade saw the name Morgan rapidly increase in popularity. By 1987, Morgan was the 97th most popular girl's name in the U.S. Even though the name spent decades in the top 100, it has yet to reach top 10 status. Morgan's most popular year as a girl's name was in 1996 when it sat in spot No. 22. Come 2012, Morgan dropped off the top 100 charts and in 2020, it sat at 193rd position.

Name Variations

There are some variations of the name Morgan, including:

  • Morgana (Welsh)
  • Morganne (Welsh)
  • Morgen (Welsh)
  • Morggen (Welsh)
  • Morgin (Welsh)
  • Morgyn (Welsh)
  • Morrigan (Irish)
  • Muirgen (Irish)

Similar Names

Here are some names with a similar vibe to Morgan:

  • Aiden
  • Avery
  • Brogan
  • Hayden
  • Jaden
  • Jordan
  • Logan
  • Mason
  • Phoebe
  • Riley
  • Ryland
  • Sydney
  • Taylor
  • Teagan
  • Quinlan

Other Welsh names to consider:

  • Alys
  • Avalon
  • Beca
  • Cai
  • Carys
  • Carwyn
  • Efa
  • Elis
  • Enid
  • Kendrick
  • Osian
  • Gwen
  • Rhett
  • Rhys
  • Trevyn

Other names that start with M:

  • Mallory
  • Matteo
  • Martha
  • Marlon
  • Margot
  • Maxim
  • Maxine
  • Micah
  • Milo
  • Mischa
  • Molly
  • Myron
  • Myna

Suggested Sibling Names

Potential sibling names for Morgan could be: 

  • Addison
  • Dylan
  • Evan
  • Finley
  • Gavin
  • Hannah
  • Jackson
  • Jeston
  • Kaden
  • Leo
  • Niall
  • Ollie
  • Paige
  • Seth
  • Vienna

Famous People Named Morgan

Here are some famous people who are also named Morgan:

  • Morgan Andrews, American soccer player
  • Morgan Brittany, American actress
  • Morgan Ensberg, American baseball player
  • Morgan Fairchild, American actress
  • Morgan Featherstone, Australian fashion model
  • Morgan Finley, American politician and businessman
  • Morgan Freeman, American actor
  • Morgan Green, American footballer
  • Morgan Grim, American basketball player
  • Morgan Hamm, American gymnast
  • Morgan Hurd, American gymnast
  • Morgan James, American musician
  • Morgan Pressel, American professional golfer
  • Morgan Reilly, Canadian hockey player
  • Morgan Spurlock, documentary maker
  • Morgan Ward, American mathematician
  • Morgan White, American gymnast
  • Morgan Tsvangirai, former prime minister of Zimbabwe

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By Shannon Day
Shannon Day is a freelance writer specializing in parenting, lifestyle, and women's humor. She has been published in several online parenting and lifestyle sites as well as in print. Shannon is also the co-author of Martinis & Motherhood: Tales of Wonder, Woe & WTF?!