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GenderFeminine
PronouncedPron.MAWR-gən English
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Meaning & History

Modern form of Morgen, which was used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, who was unnamed in earlier stories. Geoffrey probably did not derive it from the Welsh masculine name Morgan, which would have been spelled Morcant in his time. He may have based it on the Irish name MUIRGEN.
VariantsMorgaine, Morgen
Other Languages & CulturesMorgane French

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Arthurian legend, literature, ocean, trendy, uncertain etymology, water, witches
Entry updated February 12, 2018   Contribute