What does Morgan mean?
Morgan /mor-gan/ as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' 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.
(female) Margan, Morgannie, ..
(male) Morlin, Mormar, ..
How popular is Morgan?
Morgan is a very prominent first name for women (#576 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#62 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Morgan for girls. Morgan entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its top position of #22 in the U.S. in the year 1997, and is currently at #101. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent alternative forms of Morgan (#101 in 2014) rated in the Top 2000 are Morganne and Morgen. Adoption of these forms of Morgan was at its peak in the year 1994 (adoption of 0.9%) and has become much reduced since (adoption 0.2%, ▼78%), with the form Morgan becoming less in vogue.
Recommended names are Doran, Dorian, Dorran, Jordan▼, Logan▲, Lorian, Maegan▼, Marga, Margeen, Marian▼, Marjan, Marjon, Maryan, Maygan, Meagan▼, Meegan, Megan▼, Meggan, Miran, Mirian, Mirjam, Mirjana, Mora, Morag, Morah, Moreen, Moria, Moriah, Morna, Morwyn and Yordan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Morgan.